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CONTENTS 



VOLUME 9, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1993 



FEATURES 

A Show of Strength 

By Christopher Koliler 30 

There's a powerful array of multimedia 
software — from authoring programs to 
presentation packages — ready to help you 
with any kind of production you have in 
mind, .-ill' surveys 20 multimedia tools to 
show you what each does best. 

The Power of Positive 
Presentation 

By Dave Johnson 41 

Once you've assembled your multimedia 
presentation, you're only halfway home, 
flow you deliver it is the key to success — or 
failure. Here's some sage advice on the do's 
and don't's of an effective presentation. 

ARTICLES 

Advanced Operations 

By Sheldon Leemon 46 

Catch up on all the changes, enhancements, 
and new features in the Amiga's operating 
system and Workbench, as our system- 
software expert takes you "beyond 2.0" to 
versions 2.1 and 3,0 of AirugaDOS. 

The ABCs of Amiga Fonts 
B yJ e ffJ ames ■ ■ ■ • • • • a 1 

Bitmapped and outline, Compugraphic and 
PostScript, AnimFonls and ColorFonts . . , if 
the profusion of font types is leading you to 
confusion, take this short course in Amiga 
font basics. 

Digging into DOS - 6 

fly Sheldon leemon j;> 

Our series on using new versions of Amiga- 
DOS continues with a look at the wide 
range of new Preferences available in Work- 
bench 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0. 

AW Profile: Joel Hagen 

By Jan Jackson 5o 

.1 1 l"*v "Accent on Graphics" column turns "50" 
this month (see p. (>0 for the 50th install- 
ment}. We celebrate here with a profile of the 
maestro of Amiga graphics who created it. 




Whatever four medium — graphics, animation, 

sound, lexl, or video — we'll help you get your 
message across with this month's multimedia 
special. We've got authoring software, presenta- 
tion toots, and advice on delivering the -whole 
enchilada. 



COLUMNS 

Editor's Drawer 

J?y Dennis Brisson 6 

Back from the Desert, the editor reports 
that the recent OF.S in Vegas spelled good 
news and bad news for Amiga gamers. 

Accent on Graphics 

By Joel Hagen 60 

With some digitizing, paint, and image- 
processing tools, you can master stop- 
motion and motion-blur techniques to 
create spiff)' looking animation effects. 

Video Suite 

By Gene Brawn 62 

Willi the right support software, vou can gel 
some unexpected additional mileage out of 
two popular video boards. See how New- 
Tek's Video Toaster and GYP's IY24 can be 
adapted to live multimedia presentations. 



AW Product Information 1 10 

To contact the developer of any product mentioned in this issue of AmigaHbrld, consult 
our all-in-one "Manufacturers'/Disti Illinois' Addresses" list. 



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DEPARTMENTS 

Overscan 8 

Amiga new products, news and newsmakers. 

Help Key 106 

]usi hit the "Help — T-l-M" key combination 
and our man Walsh pops up to aid request- 
ers of technical assistance. 

The Last Word 112 

lite reader's right to write back — right here. 

REVIEWS 

CANDO 2.0 (INOVAtronics) 18 

A good authoring package just got better. 

Pixel 3D Professional 

(Axiom) 1" 

Major enhancements to Pixel's 3-D power. 

WORDWORTH V2 (Digila Int'l) 22 

'text/graphics word processor from the L'K. 

Art Expression (Soft-Logik) 28 

Structured-drawing/ illustration DTP tool. 

Blitz BASIC 2 (AddSW) 76 

BASIC programming with games in mind. 

Golden Gate 486SLC 

(Vortex) 80 

Powerful 80486 PC/AT emulator. 

G-Force 040 Combo (GVP) 84 

Multifunction A2000 accelerator card. 

GAMES 

CRIB NOTES By Peter Otafson 90 

Mips and tricks on inastei ing popular Amiga 
games. This month: Lure of (lie Temptress. 

The Koshan Conspiracy 

(UBISoft) 90 

Sprawling graphic adventure with lots to do. 

DARKSEED (CyberDreams) 96 

Great graphics but short on action. 

Traders (Merit SW) 96 

Nifty knockoff of the classic M.U.L.E. 

Short Takes 97 

Capsule reviews of new Amiga games. 

The Next Round 100 

Announcements of Upcoming tides in the 
Amiga game market. 



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FOR A FEW GOOD 
AMIGA DEALERS 



Creative Equipment International*, newly 
appointed Commodore/Amiga distributor, 
is now recruiting Amiga resellers in the 
United States. Accepted applicants will be 
able to take advantage of special programs 
offered by CEI. We believe that our dealer 
support of quality resellers is the key to 
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Commodore Business Machines 



Amiga World 

Dale Strang, Publisher 

Dennis Brisson, Editor-in-Chief 
Daniel Sullivan, Executive Editor 
Vinoy Laughner, Managing Editor 

Barbara Gefvert, Senior Editor 
Tim Walsh, Senior Editor/Reviews 

Gene Brawn, Joel Hagen, David T. McClellan, 
Peter Olafson, Contributing Editors 

Howard G. Happ, Art Director 
Laura Johnson, Assistant Art Director 

Ann Dillon, Designer 
Alana Korda, Manufacturing Manager 

Michael McGoldrick, Advertising Director 

Barbara Hoy, Sales Representative 

Heather Guinard, Sales Representative 

Meredith Bickford, Advertising Coordinator 

Advertising: 1-800-441-4403; 1-603-924-0100 

FAX: 1-603-924-4066 

Giorgio Saluti, Associate Publisher, West Coast Sales 

533 Airport Blvd., Fourth Floor, Buriingame, CA 94010 

1-415-375-7018; FAX: 1-415-375-7019 

Wendie Haines Marro, Marketing Director 
Lisa Jaillet, Desktop Publishing Manager 

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g DRAWER 

To keep the fun in computing, the Amiga 



games market needs a helping hand 
£ ^S from across the water. 

E±3 



Is the Thrill of Games Gone? 

Always an exciting, gadgets-filled ad- 
venture, this year's Consumer Elec- 
tronics Show was a disappointment. 
While the show offered many new 
electronic wonders, I had come to Las 
Vegas seeking/im — in the Form of 
games for the Amiga market. 

Several of the software developers at 
CES had nothing to offer except a 
weak response, "Sony, we don't have 
any Amiga tides to show you right 
now." In years past US software devel- 
opers rushed to showcase their games 
in the Amiga market. 

I should have been prepared, since 
we had received calls at the Amiga World 
editorial offices from readers con- 
cerned about a perceived decline in the 
number of game titles available. New 
.Amiga games, they complained, were 
as scarce as real estate on the Strip. 

Some industry watchers trace the 
problem to distribution. 

AW games guru, Peter Olafson, 
notes that "there's no shortage of .Ami- 
ga games; they're all over the place." 
Instead, he suggests that with the 
"crunch on retail space," users would 
be advised to shop from independent 
software retailers or a reliable mail- 
order company for their supply of 
software. 

This situation may change, however, 
according to Olafson. "Once the 1200 
asserts itself in the US, we'll see some 
of the major developers take notice, as 
people embrace the 1200 as they do in 
Europe." He also observed that com- 
panies with strong roots in Europe are 
now entering the US market. 

No doubt, the European market is 
the hotbed of game development for 
Amigas right now (seeAWs cover stoiy, 
Dec'92, p. 30). 

Some companies, like Electronic 



Innovative Design, have assessed the 
situation and seized the opportunity. 
EID. which was launched just last 
month, is an importer of Amiga games. 

The burgeoning import market for 
native European games is brisk, ac- 
cording to EID's Marcus Marzet. His 
company anticipates importing at least 
10-15 titles each month. Joining forces 
with UK software developers, Marzet 
serves as 3 bridge between what he sees 
as an oasis of games being developed 
overseas and desert-like conditions in 
die US. 

"There's nothing wrong with the 
Amiga platform; it still has a good 
following in the States," claims Marzet. 
He hopes that introducing new 
games — many of them targeted for the 
AGA machines — into the market will 
"revive interest" in the Amiga. 

Another company with European 
ties is UK-based Psygnosis. According 
to marketing manager Phil Sandock, 
the company is steadfast in its commit- 
ment to remain one of the top names 
in the .Amiga game market. "In com- 
parison to the European market, the 
US market for Amiga games is not as 
huge, but it still warrants releasing 
product in die US." He added that the 
Amiga is sometimes used to develop 
games, such as Lemmings II. Psygnosis 
has a half-dozen other products slated 
for release, including two CDTV prod- 
ucts, Dracula and Microcosm, which 
feature a high level of user interaction 
and impressive graphics. 

Amiga users can expect exciting new 
games from other companies, notably 
Readysoft, CyberDreams, and Merit 
Software, who also plan to continue 
their commitment to the Amiga games 
market. 

The outlook for that market remains 
positive, Filled with new simulations, 
arcades, and role-playing adventures. 
While MS-DOS games dominate the 



US market, .Amiga users and ,411' read- 
ers will benefit from an infusion of 
games from overseas. .Amiga gamers 
can look forward to products marketed 
through various licensing agreements 
and under a combination of American 
and European labels. 

While many AW readers rate home 
entertainment as their primary appli- 
cation, games are just one, although a 
significant, facet of the Amiga. It war- 
rants AWs focus on the games market 
in each issue and our special year-end 
feature on games. We will continue to 
scan the seas for products for the Ami- 
ga market, as well as monitor the nets 
to give you the hottest public-domain 
offerings. 

The Amiga has always been highly 
regarded as a great platform for 
games. That was the intent of the de- 
signers of the machine. And that's your 
heritage as an Amiga user. 

If you think that game is just a four- 
letter word, then it's probably time to 
trade in your joystick. If you've never 
experienced the excitement of playing 
Prince of Persia, or watched animated 
chessmen duke it out for control of a 
square in Battle Chess, or manipulated 
those lovablc-but-dumb-I.emmiiigs 
characters on your Amiga screen, 
you've missed out on part of the Amiga 
experience. 

So join the action and let the games 
resume; there's lots more to come! 




Dennis Brisson 

Editor-in-Chief 



6 April! 993 



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Believing Without Seeing 

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA— When 

you're blind, it takes more than a little 
chutzpah to be an amateur videograph- 
er. Be so brazen as to start your own 
video-production company, and people 
will think you're nuts. Actually succeed 
at that endeavor, and you can only be 
one thing. "I'm a fighter. I was always 
that way, even before I was blind," says 
Mike Danger, who is equally at home 
working an Amiga-driven Video Toast- 
er as he is skydiving. "I've always 




Blindness doesn't stop Mike Danger from producing 
excellent work in his Amiga-based audio/video 
production studio. 



thought that if you don't think you're 
any good, no one else will. So I've nev- 
er let myself think that way." 

Inspiring words, for sure. But even the 
most open-minded sort has to wonder 
how a blind man can put together music 
videos that have aired on MTV. How a 
blind man produces wrestling videos 
that air on international TV. How a blind 
man regularly produces commercials for 
bis local TV station. 

Indeed, it all sounds so outrageous: 
until you realize that 'outra- 
geous' is precisely what defines 
Mike Danger. This is a man, 
after all, who wrestles profes- 
sionally under the handle 
"Blind-As-A-Batman." He was 
a world-class skateboarder be- 
fore he went blind, and now 
works as front man for a rock- 
parody group a la Weird AI 
Vankovich. 

It was late in '91 when he 
decided to open his own 
video-production company, 
convinced that NewTek's 
Video Toaster would set him 
apart from the pack. Savs Rick 
May, a Pensacoia television 
producer who knows first 
hand why this human hurri- 
cane can pull off the things 



that he does: "Mike's got the juice." 

Of course, there is no question that 
Danger's blindness presents a formid- 
able technical challenge when he sits 
down in his studio to pui together a pro- 
duction. "It can be a real drag," he says 
candidly. "You have to spend a lot of 
time just on concentrating where things 
are in the room." 

But like most entrepreneurs, Danger 
focuses more on finding solutions than 
on whining. And, remarkably, he is able 
to do most of his production work on 
bis own, without help. "A loi of it has to 
do with memory," Danger says. 'I can 
hear a door slam in a video, and I can 
picture just where we are in the footage, 
and what kind of special effect I want to 
create." 

Much of Danger's equipment is 
touch-coded, so he can feel out the 
right key or switch he needs to push or 
throw. When Mike Danger gets stuck, 
he hires an audio or video person to 
help handle the particulars. And unlike 
some other videographcrs who prefer 
to cultivate the impression that pro- 
duction equipment is somehow the hal- 
lowed realm of 'technomagicians,' Dan- 
ger has no qualms about bringing his 
clients into the production process — 
whenever or wherever necessary — to 
help him with camera angles, or just ' 



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with Y/C Plus (S949, Y/C Plus Inc. ). 

The full-length board slips into one of 
your A2000's expansion slots and provides 
four Y/C-in connectors along with two Y/C- 
program outputs. 

The Y/C inputs convert the Toaster's 
composite ins to composite outs, thus al- 



lowing you to monitor incoming compon- 
ent signals for "live camera switching" and 
A/B-roll editing purposes. 

The Y/C Plus board does not alter com- 
posite preview output from the Toaster. 
And because the Toaster's composite-pro- 
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Y/C Plus accepts S-VHS, Hi8, S-Video, 



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select the type of source you need via 
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The "Plus" part of Y/C Plus promises to 
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play around with Toaster effects. 

Says Geneva Smith, an account exec- 
utive at Pensacola's WJTC-TV who has 
seen many of Danger's commercials air 
on her own station, "Mike is good 
enough to work for a TV station if he 
wanted to. I'd suggest his services to any 
client." 

Given the multitude of obstacles 
Danger is up against, the rest of us must 
sound like a bunch of weenies when we 
complain how tough it is to get along in 
today's world. As you might expect, 



Danger has little time for that kind of 
banter. Says he. "I think, as much as 
anything, getting involved in video has 
been great therapy for me. When you 
lose your sight, it can get pretty scary. 
If you're not using your mind to think 
in images, it starts to go. F.ventuallv 
your memory of what things look like 
starts to erase." 

"It got to the point where I forgot what 
my parents looked like," he says. "I nev- 
er want that to happen again." 

— -Joe Dysart 



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Last month I listed some 
handy archiving programs to 
case file-transport woes between 
Amigas and Macs. This month, 
archiving between PC and .Ami- 
ga is the focus. 

Pas! experience once taught 
me that PCs and Amigas don't 
mix well. AmigaWorld once bad 
a couple of older Bridgeboards, 
but the upgrade from Work- 
bench 1 .2 five years ago proved 
too much for those wretched 
contraptions. Label me a quit- 
ter because I repeatedly failed 
to minister to my Janus libraries 
as cryptic updates were released, 
but it was easier to forget all that 
nonsense, yank that rascal out 
of the A2000, and start using a 
real PC;. Besides, I needed to 
free up a slot on the Amiga's 
motherboard. 

Today's Special: 
Canned Ham? 

PC machines are just that — 
machines. When I speak of PCs, 
I don't think in terms ol Bridge- 
boards or those tiny cards 
wedged beneadt A500s, either. 
No, ray idea of a PC is my 
A4000's roommate — a fast, fully- 
equipped Tandy 386. Good stuff 
includes SVGA, PS/2 color mon- 
itor, and a fifth-of-a-gig hard 
drive, (All's not well in Tandy- 
land, though. I'm not sure 
whether it's by design or defect, 
but the hard-drive mechanism, 
as one imaginative caller put it, 
"...sounds like a hog stuck in a 
trash compactor." She was com- 
menting on the rapidfire grunts 
she heard in the background as 
(he machine snuggled through a 
database. Odd.) 

While PC emulators are 



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needed to run executables on 
your Amiga, they are not neces- 
sary for sharing files between 
the two platforms. As with the 
Mac, the lines ol" distinction be- 
tween PC and Amiga files have 
become so blurred as to be al- 
most indiscernible. For thai 
reason, a knowledge of archiv- 
ing formats shared between the 
PC and the Amiga can make life 
more pleasant. 

The roots of your Amiga's 
most popular archiving for- 
mats — Lharc, Zip, and Zoo — 
can be traced directly to the PC. 
Virtually all the documentation 
for these popular compression 
techniques begins with a nod of 
acknowledgement to the MS- 
DOS programmers who origi- 
nally designed them in return 
for peitnission to distribute 
their Amiga ports. 

Compression Lessons 

It's so incredibly handy to 
have compression techniques 
that can be shared between the 
Amiga and the PC. Here's why: 
Let's suppose your co-worker 
has an MS-DOS machine and 
has just copied ten JPEG and 
two GIF graphic files from some 
high-density ( 1 .44 meg) floppies 
onto its hard drive. It's 1 1:43 am 
in the morning, and he asks you 
to get them on his Amiga for im- 
age processing before noon. 
The two machines are not con- 
nected in any way. 

You'll need to copy the files 
to a double-density 720K MS- 
DOS formatted disk (the only 
type of PC formal the Amiga 
can read). The directory reveals 
the JPEG files will fill one-and- 
a-half such disks, and there's 



Tim Walsh 



room for only one GIF per 
disk. U's now 1 1 :47. So you fire 
up the PKZip archiving utility 
on the PC and compress the 
ten JPEG images into one 500K 
or 600K file. Repeat the 
process with the two GIFs and 
you'll have a 500K to 700K file, 
still small enough for a 720K 
disk. The clock now reads 
11:53. 

Next, copy the PKZip-com- 
pressed file containing the 
JPEG images to the first low- 
density PC formatted disk and 
the similarly compressed GIF 
file to the second disk. Run a PC 
utility such as CrossDOS or Mul- 
tiDOS on the Amiga, and 
launch PKaZip, the Amiga's ver- 
sion of the same archivcr. Pop 
the disk containing the JPEG 
files into the floppy drive, select 
the source and destination de- 
vices, then let PKaZip do its un- 
zipping thing. It's now 1 1:57. 

Repeal the above process 
with the disk containing the GIF 
images. At I 1:59, having fin- 
ished the job, you nonchalantly 
stroll into your co-worker's of- 
fice with the good news. But it's 
too late. ..he's already left for 
lunch. 

The Wherefore 

With flatbed scanners becom- 
ing all the rage in the comput- 
ing business, the above scenario 
is becoming commonplace. In 
fact, it's a variation of a reoc- 
curring event in my office. Just 
knowing that the compression 
techniques are transportable be- 
tween the Amiga and the PC is 
the only secret. You don't have 
to use PKZip, either, as the 
above example would work just 



as well with Lharc or Zoo, so 
long as you have versions for 
both machines. A number of al- 
ternative ways exist to transport 
these graphic files, as well, using 
null modems and Syquest dri- 
ves. However, experience has 
taught me the above method is 
best, mainly because it's the 
quickest and least expensive way 
to move from the PC to the 
Amiga and vice versa. 

Finding these files on the 
nets, whether it be BIX, Com- 
puServe, GEnie, or Portal, is ef- 
fortless. Just go to one of the 
archiving/compression sections 
within the IBM/PC areas and 
search on the keywords Lha. 
Zoo, or Zip. For reference pur- 
poses, the latest PC versions of 
Lharc hovers around 2.13; for 
Zoo it's 2.10. 

A word of caution: If you 
have a PKZip file that won't de- 
compress on your Amiga, 
chances are good it was created 
on a PC using PKZip version 
2.04c. This January '93 share- 
ware release from PKWare cre- 
ates files that you'll have to un- 
zip on a PC, then copy to the 
Amiga after the fact. AH earlier 
versions of Zip seemingly offer 
100% Amiga compatibility. 
But, maybe by the time you 
read this, the Amiga's PKaZip 
will have been updated... 

Here are voice numbers for 
the major networks in case 
you're not yet on line, Until next 
month, happy squeezing 

BIX 

800/695-4882 
617/354-4137 

CompuServe 

614/457-0802 
800/848-8199 

GEnie 
800/638-9636 

Portal Communications 
408/973-9111 C 



10 April 1993 



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combines advanced word processing 
features, easy-to-use page layout 
capabilities, and state-of-the-art printing 
technology into one convenient program. 

While other programs claim to have 
quality printing, Final Copy II is the only 
word processor on the Amiga that will 
produce excellent quality printouts on any 
Workbench (1.3, 2.0 or higher) supported 
graphic printer. If you have a PostScript 
printer, Final Copy II is the only word 
processor on the Amiga that has true 
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other programs limit you to a few 
fonts and a limited number of sizes. 
With Final Copy II you get the same great 
looking output produced in expensive 
desktop publishing programs. 

Final Copy H's word processing features 
include: 144,000 word speller; 1.4 million 
response thesaurus; automatic hyphen- 
ation; named paragraph style sheets; 
master pages; mail-merge; multiple 
newspaper style columns; search and 
replace; header and footer support; left, 
right, center and decimal tabs; paragraph 
justification; and automatic date, time, 
and page number insertion. 




You want a document that reads well in addition to 
looking good. Final Copy™ comes with a 144,000 
word speller, 1.4 million word thesaurus with defini- 
tions, master pages, style sheets, paragraph sorting, 
math support, mail-merge, automatic hyphenation, 
and user-defined lab slops 10 assist you in your writing. 



Final Copy's™ graphic support is the best there is in 
any Amiga© word processor. Place IFF ILBM pictures 
and brushes anywhere in a document. Draw boxes, 
ovals, lines, arrows, squares, and circles using Final 
Copy's™ structured d rawing tools. Flow text around 
or on lop of any graphic in a document. 



Final Copy II's graphic 

features include: object-oriented, 

structured tools for drawing boxes, ovals, 

lines, arrow-tipped lines, and rounded 

cornered boxes; cropping; graphic sizing; 

object locking; and graphic depth 

arranging. 

Say good-bye to jagged-edged printouts. 
Your documents will look more polished 
and professional than ever before. Final 
Copy II is an excellent investment for your 
software library. 




Style sheers and master pages are features you can 
really use to ensure your documents are created in a 
consistent and well-planned manner. Fully editable 
page views let you work in several levels of reduction 
and magnification. Multiple snaking columns, 
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text-sensitive documentation, and a well- 
organized, graphical interface should make 
DynaCADD 2D easy to learn and use. The 
program promises to send accurate data 
representing all or any portion of a drawing 
at any scale (including best fit! to "all pop- 



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Read All About It 

Popular Amiga-savvy writer/editor 
and ubiquitous network commentator 
Denny Atkin promises answers to the 
questions Amiga owners ask most in his 
new book, Denny Atkin's Best Amiga 
Tips (319.95, COMPUTE Books). The 
editor of COMPUTES Amiga Resource 
covers such varied topics as how to add 
a CD-ROM drive to your system, how to 
transfer data between the .Amiga and 
other platforms, and how to rid your 
screen of llicker. It's sure to have some- 
thing for everybody. (RS# 127.) 



If your knowledge requirements are 
more specific — say, centering on the .Ami- 
ga 600 — then put The Insider Guide to 
the Amiga 600 on your reading list. New 
from Bruce Smith Books, the volume fea- 
tures 55 sets of step-by-step instructions 
to the most important and common pro- 
cedures. Workbench, utilities, Prefer- 
ences, and AmigaDOS are all touched 
upon. The book promises to show you 
how to configure your machine for your 
own way of working, and includes an ap- 
pendix for quick reference. (RS# 128.) 



Write With a Twist 

Want to combine the Greek, Arabic, Eng- 
lish, and Hebrew languages in one docu- 
ment? The Rashumon graphic word 
processor/desktop publisher (S180) can do 
it! But that, and the program's ability to sup- 
port multiple fonts (up to 99 pixels high) 
and proportional spacing (to 256 pixels 
wide], is only the beginning. 

Rashumon, from Israeli company Har- 
monySoft, specializes in unusual features. 
For instance, you can highlight separate 
parts of text in your document and manip- 
ulate them all at once. You can also per- 
form color-sensitive searches, so if the 



word "strawberry" appears in both red and 
pink in your document, you can replace just 
the red ones with, say, "lemon," printed in 
bold green italics. But you need not waste 
time and RAM displaying all those colors; 
switching to monochrome mode lets you 
double your working speed. 

In fact, Rashumon promises to excel as 
a text editor, unlike most resource-hun- 
gry graphic word processors. Har- 
monySoft says it provides superior editing 
and scrolling speed, and even lets you 
import ASCII files directly from PC format. 
|RS# 137.) 



Frame Accuracy in Every Studio 



Want frame-accurate video editing 
without investing a fortune? Ron D. 
Richardson promises just this. No con- 
troller card is necessary; Richardson's 
Evoke (S99) is a software transport con- 
troller designed for use with Sony's 
EVO-9650 VCR and an Amiga. The only 
other requirements are a composite 
monitor and a null-modem cable. 



Extensive error checking is provided 
to keep everything on track, and the 
feedback edit point display promises 
complete accuracy. You get access to 
more than 135 functions via 70+ on- 
screen gadgets. Edit modes include 
PCM digital stereo insert, time-code in- 
sert, assemble, video A/FM stereo insert, 
and format. (RS# 130.) 




OVERHEARD 



Programmers, beware. New York City- law- 
firm Pennie & Edmonds (212/790-9090), 
which specializes in software copyright and 
patent law, recently informed AmigaWorlii 
of a case that could affect you if you do anv 
programming professionally. 

The case involved Clifford .Ames, who 
was hired by Island Swimming Sales on a 
lice-lance basis to write software for track- 
ing inventory and cash (low. While a low- 
er court awarded the copyright to the pro- 
grammer, the Second US Circuit Court of 
Appeals overturned the earlier decision 
and favored the corporation. 

Therefore, one more time: Program- 
mers, beware. 



Applied Phonics 

New Zealand-based Lascelles Produc- 
tions says its new Word Construction Set 
is appropriate for many types of students 
learning English: remedial, early read- 
ing, and ESL (English as a second lan- 
guage). It encompasses more than 1000 
words, which the student builds by word 
and sound parts or by using phonograms, 

The program "speaks" a word (using 
Amiga sound) in the context of a sen- 
tence that is displayed on screen. A 
graphic depicting the word also appears. 
The student assembles the word from be- 
ginning, middle, and ending sounded 
parts, then tests the result in a sentence. 
Learning takes place as students recog- 
nize die word, letter, and sound patterns, 
and as the)' take cues from context and 
visuals. Tlte software promises to clarify 
confusing sound patterns along the way. 

Progress is measured by the success- 
ful construction of seven "building 
sites," each representing different ways 
of approaching words (by consonantal 
sounds, by compounds, by homo- 
phones, etc.) and each being built visu- 
ally via an animated crane. Individual 
reports can be printed. (RS# 121.) 



Socket To Me, Joe Cool 

Want to leave yourself a little elbow room 
while adding the ability to switch between 
AmigaDOS 1.3 and 2.0? Better Concepts of- 
fers a solution: Qwicka-Switcha (S39.95). 
The miniature board plugs into your moth- 
erboard's ROM connector and provides 
sockets for 1.3 and 2.0 ROMs — so that you 
can switch between modes to retain com- 



patibility with all your software. That's not 
all: Two additional sockets are provided to 
accommodate whatever the future may hold. 
Another hardware utility can help extend 
the life of your CPU by maintaining a flow 
of air in and out of your computer case to 
keep the inside cool and dust-free. Devel- 
oper Better Concepts promises its Kool-lt 



($39.95) micro fan kit will substantially re- 
duce the operating temperature of your 
Amiga's custom chips and other internal 
parts, and thus head off the need for costly 
repair. If it's true that most system failure 
and chip burnout is caused by overheating, 
this may be a wise investment. (RS# 122.) 



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V E R S C A X 



Wherefore Art Thou, Homeo? 



CD'IV owners, if you have any ques- 
tions regarding homeopathic medi- 
cine, HomeoCD ($60) is the answer. 
Developed by the Homepathic Medical 
Association of Canada (IIMAC), the 
CD-based program provides a self-med- 
ication guide, describing the most com- 
mon pathologies and advising on the 
use of appropriate homeopathic med- 
ications. 

An introduction to homeopathy, a 
repertory (including a veterinary sec- 
tion), a "materia metlica," and a lexi- 
con of terms are among the offerings of 
the interactive guide. In addition to 80 



illustrations and 170 explanations of 
remedies, the disc promises more than 
500 recommendations in simple and 
precise language. And speaking of lan- 
guage, you can choose between English 
and French when you boot up. 

Geared toward family use — as a com- 
plement to a physician's advice — the 
program can also be helpful in schools 
and professional situations. Its aim is, 
according to HMAC president Dr. 
Claude Harvey, to increase awareness 
of homeopathy "as the main alternative 
medicine; gentle, natural, and with no 
side effects. " (RS# 123.) 



Like a Laser 

SeaWorid does it. Lawrence Livermore Labs does it. Even PC developer Corel Cor- 
poration does it, Now you can do it, too: You can create laser-light shows using the 
Amiga. How? With Lasershow Designer. 

Developer Pangolin Laser Software is quick to point out that the Amiga is the only com- 
puter capable of directly controlling laser-show projectors. It's done using the audio out- 
puts: Graphics become digitized waveforms, which play through the Amiga's Paula chip. 
Instead of hearing sound, you see it. 

The hardware part of Lasershow Designer, the QuadModS board, incorporates a reverse- 
engineered Paula chip, which promises all the Paula's capabilities plus four separated 
sound channels (three 16-bit and one 8-bit] for driving laser projectors. 

The Lasershow software comprises a draw program with CAD-like 3-D extensions, a li- 
brary of assembly-language instructions (the laser is "just another device" to the Amiga), 
and even a laser-projected game. 

Pricing for various versions of the package runs from $595 (for hobbyist use) to S7995. 
Of course, for full effect you need a laser projector as well. (RS# 124.) 



Lights Up! 

Whether you need to control vast 
lighting rigs for a professional theater 
or you have more modest lighting-con- 
trol requirements, a version of the 
Aladdin Lighting Control System 
(Phoenix MicroTechnoiogies) is on cue 
to help. A hardware-software combo, 
this Australian product promises pow- 
er and sophistication enough to meet 
or exceed the capabilities of dedicated 
consoles costing much more. What's 
more, it can integrate with big-name 
consoles as a backup or as an addition- 
al effects generator. 

Phoenix MicroTechnoiogies assures 
simple programming, on-line help, and 
ease of ttse even for novices. Features 
and functions include 48 channels, mul- 
tiple automatic and manual crossfades, 
proportional soiipatch with in- 
dividual curve assignment, 
and more. 

The hardware compris- 
es a full-length card for the 



A2000 or A3000. The package supports 
both the ARexx and MIDI protocols, 
meaning you can control your lighting 
via other software or via MIDI key- 
boards, instruments, and sequencers. 
This also means you can control mure 
than one Aladdin system at a time for 
unlimited channel capacity, Futher- 
more, you can trigger the system using 
common cordless telephones for re- 
mote interaction without reliance on 
line-of-sight infrared technology. 
(RS# 126.) 





OVERHEARD 



Have you produced a hip-looking graph- 
ic demo using an AGA machine (Al 200 or 
A4000): 1 Ifyou want to make it public do- 
main, Hip Computing wants to distribute 
it to dealers across North America to pro- 
mote the new Amigas. 

Whedier it's a simple HAMS slide show 
or a full-blown animation with sound, your 
production will fit the bill as long as it: 
runs on a standard Al 200 with 40MB hard 
drive; mentions the Amiga in some way; 
lists the softwre used in creation; is hard- 
drive installable; is "family viewable." 

Send your demo disk along with your 
name and address to: An Amiga In Every 
Home, c/o Zoltan Hunt, RR #2, Beeton, 
Ont., Canada LOG 1A0. Dealers wishing to 
be on the mailing list can write to this ad- 
dress as well. 



Shine On 

Want to add a little shine to your 
desktop-published documents? Allied 
Studios announces Hot Foil Effects, in 
six solid metallic colors {SI 2 for each 
8x30-inch sheet) and silver holograph- 
ic patterns (SI 5 for an 8x20-inch piece). 
Each package can spot-color 400 aver- 
age letterheads. You can use the prod- 
uct with any printer that accepts heavy- 
weight or card stock simply by running 
your page through the printer a second 
time. (RS# 129.) 



CD For Yourself 

Turbo Technologies' sub-S300 Turbo 
Duo isn't just a CD-ROM game machine; it 
can play any High Sierra or ISO 9660 for- 
matted CD-ROM discs. And while it's sold as 
a stand-alone machine, Turbo Technologies' 
new Intelligent Link adapter turns it into a 
SCSI peripheral for your computer. 

Turbo Duo has a 256K RAM buffer and 
comes bundled with more than S250 worth 
of games and discount coupons. The Intel- 
ligent Link adapter is scheduled to retail for 
less than S1 00. (RS# 125.) 



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"Awesome, Spectacular, Amazing, Brilliant, Wonderful" 

Choose any positive adjective and chances are it's already been used by 
both critics and consumers to describe Opal Vision and OpalPaint— the most 
professional 24-bit power you've ever seen! 

And now, Centaur Development and Opal Technology, whose dedication 
to excellence created OpalVision and OpalPaint, are pleased to give you 
complete details on ail of the OpalVision modules... 

OpalVision'sstate-of-the-artmodular design gives you unequalled versatility. 
Start with the OpalVision Main Board and included software. Then easily add 
additional modules if you require more capabilities, spending only what you 
need to getthe results you need. Each of the modules fully integrates to create 
a seamless system. 



The OpalVision Main Board 

A true 24-Bit frame buffer and display device with 16.8 million colors available 
resolution of 768 x 480 (580 PAL). An internal card, it operates automatically jM 
Amiga computer with a video slot (including the Amiga 4000). It's JSk 
coprocessor enables stencil modes, a host of transition effects and 
hardware-controlled priority switching and scrolling/panning effects, 
state-of-the-art design allows smooth fading of pictures, color- 
and smooth, double-buffered 24-Bitanimation. Includes connectors 





for every pixel and a maximum 
in NTSC or PAL mode in any 
powerful VLSI graphics 



smooth, 

The board's 

cycling effects, 

for all of the 

optional OpalVision 

components, 



MAIN 

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Includes OpalPaint and OpalAnimMA TE lor state-of-the art painting and 24-bit animation. 



Included Software: 

OpalPaint V 2.0 - 32-Blt painting and 

image processing. 

OpalAnlmMATE V 2.0 - 8, 12, 15, 18 and 24-Blt 

animations from frame sequences. 

Imagine V 2.0 - Award-winning 3D fenderer and 

animation software. 

Opal Presents! - Comprehensive, icon-driven 

presentation package. 

Opal HotKey V 2.0 - Display OpalVision graphics 

anytime with key combinations. 

Miscellaneous Utility software 

Inputs/Outputs: 

RGB output via standard Amiga DB-23 connector 
Compatible with most external genlocks 




The OpalVision Video Processor 

Plug this card into the OpalVision Main Board and add a wealth of additional features and functionality. It's 
a high-quality real-time 24-Bit framegrabber which doesn't require a time-base corrector. And. it's a 
professional-quality genlocker with chroma and luma keying. The 256-level linear transparency key allows the 
definition of transparency between two live video sources on a pixel-by-pixel basisfor smooth vignettes, anti-aliased 
text and super-smooth effects. Video Sandwich key allows you to insert chroma or luma keyed video between 
definable foreground and background layers of a 24- 
Bit image, it also provides real-time color processing of live 
video and an unlimited number of transitions and Digital 
Video Effects using the included OpalVision Roaster Chip and 
software. These include cuts, wipes, fades, and 
special organic effects (soft- or hard-edged), 
plus an infinite range of flips, tumbles, picture-in- 
picture, page peels and image wrapping. 

. 24-brt real-time frameg robbing from 
composite or S-Video. 

• Professional qualify genlocking. 

• Real-time, live-video color processing 
and chrominance effects 

• High-quality Digital Video Effects 

New Features: 

• Now includes powerful, VLSI microcode processor "Roaster Chip" for 
Digital Video Effects of unequalled quality. 

• Luminance keying with definable upper and lower levels 

• Chroma keying on any color range 

• 256-level "Alpha Channel" (transparency) key. 

• 24-bit, 35ns character generation software 

• 24-Bit Plciure-in-Picture and Video Sandwich Keying 

Included Software: 

• Opal Character Generator • Special Effects Manager 

• OpalVision System Software 




Alpha Channel functions with OpalPalnl and mfn Jte Video Processor tor transparency overlays, 



Inputs/Outputs: 

• 1 Composite In/out 

• 1 S-Video In/out (S-VKS, HI-8, Y/C) 

• 1 expansion connector for Video Suite 

• 1 RGB out via DB-23 connector 



Modules 

Available 

Spring 

'93 



The OpalVision Video Suite 

A power-packed video and audio mixing, swrrching, and transcoding device. This 19-inch, rack mountable unit is so advanced that 
it has its own internal computer and every aspect is software-controlled for precisely timed and accurate functionality. The Video Suite 
includes a wealth of inputs and outputs. There are 9 Video and 10Audioinputsavailable,plusthe24-bitframe store. Professional quality 
video inputs and outputs are available simultaneously in RGB or Y/R-Y/B-Y, Composite and S-Video. Choose any 2 sources from these 
inputs, assign a transition or special effect, and then trigger it manually or automatically. All of the transitions and effects provided by 
the OpalVision Video Processor are available for use by the Video Suite. 





A.B and Preview display LED 



Audio Level VU meters 




Inpuls 


Sound F/X Stereo 


RGB 


4 Composite and 


Preview Main Main RGB 


Key OpalVision Powej 




of 5th Audio output 


Ol Y/R-Y/B-Y 


4 S-Video inputs 


composite composite or Y/R-Y/B-Y 


in/out Input/ Connector 




input 


Inpuls and 

master sync 

input 




and and and 
S-Video S-Video sync 
outputs outputs outputs 


output 



The linear transparency key (Alpha channel and transparency effects) can be taken from the Video Processor or an external video 
source, and/oroufput to another production switcher. This allows transparency control between 2 video sources on a pixel by pixel basis. 
The 10 Audio inputs (5 stereo pairs) are fully software sequenced with smooth fades and full, 5-band stereo frequency equalization. 



Video Inputs: 

(All available simultaneously) 

• 4 composite inputs (8 composite inputs If S-Video inputs are used as 
composite) 

• 4 S-Video Inputs (S-VHS, Hi-8 or Y/C) 

• 1 or 2 RGB or Y/R-Y/B-Y inputs (2nd source uses the 4 composite inputs) 

• 1 master sync input (master sync can be selected from 
any video source) 

• 1 Infinite level linear transparency key 



Video Outputs: 

• 1 composite main output 

• 1 S-Video main Output 

• 1 RGB or Y/R-Y/B-Y main output 

• 1 linear transparency key 

■ 1 composite preview (automatically Iranscodes composite & S-Video) 

• 1 S-Video preview 
Audio: 

• Inputs: 1 mono or 5 stereo pairs 

• Output: Stereo with 5-band equalizer and VU meters 



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OpalVision Scan-Rate Convertor 

Add this card to the OpalVision Main Board and achieve 3 1 kHz, 
non-interlaced output of Amiga graphics, OpalVision images 
and any incoming source in either PAL or NTSC, And we've 
added full time-base correction of incoming video. Time base 
correctors are used to synchronize two non-synch ronized video 
signals, orforcleoning up the timing of a "dirty" video signal. The 
on-board memory also serves as a separate frame-store for 
dual framebuffer applications. 

• Converts Interlaced PAL and NTSC to 3 1 kHz non-interlaced, 
flicker-free display. 

• Plugs into the OpalVision Main Board. No external 
power supply needed. 

• Works wfth any multl-sync/multl-scan monitor. 

New Features: 

• Includes full, Infinite window Time Base Correction 
operates In RGB for superior quality 



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Typical OpalVision Configurations 



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Scrolls/Crawls 

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OpalVision Paint and Animation Station: 

Put an OpalVision Main Board in your Amiga and you've 
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• The best available 24-BH paint and graphics software 

• Works with all important Amiga graphics software 
including Art Department, Imagine, ImageMaster, 
Morph Plus, Aladdin, Callgarl, Real 3D, and more. 

• Supports pressure sensitive Input tablets. 

• Mixes Amiga and OpalVision graphics and 
animations simultaneously. 

Included software: 

• OpalPaint V 2.0 for 32-Blt painting and 
image-processing 

• OpalPresenfs! for professional-quality 
24-Bit presentations. 

• OpalAnlmMATE V 2.0 for full 24-blt animation 
creation and playback 

Imagine 2.0 (lor a limited time) for 3D rendering of graphics and animations 



Opal Chaiacter Generator provides 35ns, professional-quality video titling. 

OpalVision Video Effects, Digitizing 
and Titling Workstation 

Add the OpalVision Video Processor board to add new worlds 
of video capabilities to the system. Grabframes from live video. 
Modify them in OpalPaint, add titles, color processing and real- 
time chrominance effects, output to video tape , use the powerful 
"Roaster Chip" for real-time Digital video effects to transform 
one incoming video signal in composite or S-VHS format. 

Applications: 

Animation Overlays 

Video Titling 

Video Processing and color correction 

Digital Video Effects 

Multimedia Applications 

Simpler Video productions of any sort 



To achieve 31kHz non-interlaced output and 
time-base correction of incoming video, you 
can add the OpalVision Scan-Rate convertor. 
And you can always obtain third party software 
or hardware (like Art Department Professional or 
a pressure-sensitive tablet) for additional 
functionality. i 



Applications: 

Graphic Artists 
Fine Artists 
Videographers 



Multimedia 

Animators 

Desktop Publishing 



Education 
Designers 
Hobbyists 



This set-up can also be enhanced through the use of third party 
software and hardware. Add a 24-Bit scanner to import hard- 
copy color images for applications like photo-retouching and 
image enhancing. Add the OpalVision Scan-Rate convertor for 
de-interlaced output. Use third party Amiga-compatible genlocks 
for simple video applications. Or, include a pressure-sensitive 
tablet with your system for unrivalled artistic creativity. 




Chrominance effects la real-time control of image palettes, contrast, brilliance and color re-mopping. 



OpalVision Desktop Video System 

After installing the Video Processor board, you can greatly 
increase your input and output capabilities by adding the 
OpalVision Video Suite. Perform cuts, fades, wipes and DVE's 
between any two sources selected from nine available inputs. 
We've also added full mono and stereo audio mixing. 



Modularity 

equals 
Versatility 



Applications: 

Professional Video Production 

Wedding, Industrial and educational videos 

Audio dubbing and mixing, sound effects 

Cable and Professional Television production 

Multimedia Presentations 

Home video production 



If your need 31kHz (non-interlaced) output or time base 
correcting, you can odd an OpalVision Scan-Rate Converter 
to complete your system. 



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Video Sandwich keys puis chroma- of iuma-keyed video between 24-Bit layers. 

Third Party OpalVision Software 

(Available now or coming soon!) 

Aladdin 4D, AmlUnk Video Editing Products, Art Deportment Professional, Callgarl 
24, Cine Morph, Fractal Pro, Image FX, ImageMasler, Imagine, Michtion Entertain- 
ment Products, Morph Plus, Real 3D, Scola InfoChanne), Scola MulHMedlo 200, 
Texture City Image Libraries, 3D Professional, Transporter, TV Pain), Vista Pro, Video 
Visions and more! 

OpalVision Distributors 

Canada: I.M.D., Woodstock, Onlatla Ptl:(S19> S39-02OO Fm:!51») SJ9-97JS 

Denmark: Scola Computer TV, H«riev Ph:4J S3 1 1 77 Fax:44 S3 1 1 71 

Francs: CIS, Psjsaa Ph:56 36 34 41 fax-.it 36 28 46 

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Iraly: KB III, Bologna Ph:S 1 76 SS 63 F«:5 176 55 46 

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Netherlands: Take One Prodi., Heerten Ph:46 22 57 B3 Fax:4S 21 22 63 

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Opal RoasterChip createsunlimited Digital Video Effects and Transitions. 

Video Performance 

Video Input Standards 

(User selectable); NTSC, NTSC 4.4, PAL, SECAM 

Video Output Standards: NTSC, NTSC 4,4, PAL 

RGB output Bandwidth >7 MHz 

Composite (Luma) Bandwidth 4.5 MHz typical 

S-Video Bandwidth 5.5 MHz typical 

Hue Control +30 to -30 degrees 

Video lock jitter <15ns 

Horizontal position adjust -320 to +1000 ns 

Horizontal lock range +/- 1 200Hz typical 

Subcarrier lock range +/- 350Hz minimum 

Linear Keyer input speed >7 MHz 

Audio Performance 

Audio Inputs . 10 inputs (5 left, 5 right) line level 20k ohms 
Audio Outputs .. 2 outputs (Left, Right) line level 70 ohms 

Input Mode Differential for very low noise. 

Frequency Response 20Hz->20kHz 

Frequency Equalization points 59 Hz, 205 Hz, 790 Hz, 2.95 
kHz, 12 kHz 

Equalization Range +/- 15db 

Totai Harmonic Distortion 0.05 % typical. 

Mixing level control ...0 to -70db (independent software 

controlled DAC's) 

VU meters 1 steps -20db to +3db range. 



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CanDo Version 2.0 



Multimedia 
Authoring 



INOVAtronics, $199.95 
Hard-drive installable. 
Not copy protected. 
2.0 compatible. 
Accelerator compatible. 



Minimum system: 1MB of RAM with a floppy 

drive or 1.5MB with a hard drive. 
Recommended system: 2 + MB of RAM with hard 

drive or three floppies. 



In an industry that is quick to call every innova- 
tion a revolution, authoring systems are an in- 
surrection. Upstart nonprogrammers can now 
scale the battlements of the sanctum reserved 
only lor the high priests of programming and cre- 
ate software treasures of their own. 

Power to the People 

CanDo puts the power to create flexible, respon- 
sive, stand-alone programs in the hands of com- 
plete beginners and nonprogrammers through a 
simple, clear, point-and-click interface. It also re- 
wards experienced programmers by providing a 
clean, useful programming language that goes well 
beyond what the point-and-click interface can do. 
All point-and-click operations are instantly trans- 
lated into script commands that can be edited or ig- 
nored. This strange hybrid of graphical and tex- 
tual interfaces works well, even though there is 
sometimes a wide gulf between what the mouse 
alone can accomplish and operations that require 
script programming. 

CanDo's list of features reads like the contents 
page for "How- to Succeed With Your Amiga With- 
out Learning C Programming." CanDo effortlesslv 
displays pictures (all ECS resolutions and display 
modes, but not AGA's new offerings), sounds (sound 
effects and music), fonts (excluding ColorFonts), 
documents, brush animations, and laserdisc images. 
It responds to inputs from the keyboard, mouse, 
joystick, timers, and the serial, parallel, and ARexx 
ports. It has full support for Intuition menus, cus- 
tom screens, multiple windows, screen gadgets, 
global and local variables, arrays, relational data- 
bases, AmigaDOS calls, and .ARexx. The CanDo ap- 
plication builder can invoke paint tools to jazz up 
the display, and even put those tools in the hands 



To locate the vendors of the products reviewed, see the 
"Manufacturers'/Distributors' Addresses" list on p. 110. 



of the application user. Rounding out the package 
is an excellent error-checking-and-reporiing sys- 
tem, thorough on-line help, floating-point math, 
screen coordinates, crash recovery, and even 
AppEvents under Workbench 2.0. 

Program execution covers all available options. 
You can keep your programs small by installing the 
CanDo libraries on your system, or you can distrib- 
ute programs with DeckBrowser, CanDo's freely 
distributable player. If necessary, you can even bind 
the CanDo library into the deck to create a much 
larger, stand-alone program. 

New to 2 

The improvements to CanDo 2.0 are mostlv tools 
that simplify the deck-creation process and make it 
friendlier, which indicates to me that the people at 
INOVAtronics actively tise CanDo. A BookMark fea- 
ture lets you quickly pull up preselected scripts. The 
SuperDuper tool duplicates objects and aligns them 
in rows and columns. The upgrade also acids user- 
definable grids, pictures up to 1700x2200 pixels 
(such as fax images), longer scripts, and better er- 
ror checking and memory management. None of 
these improvements are earth-shattering, but this 
release integrates all the earlier manuals and docu- 
mentation files into a comprehensive 400-page 
loose-leaf book. Mostly it contains useful, dear de- 
scriptions of the script commands. Although 2.0 is 
not really a major upgrade (the most powerful fea- 
tures have been available since 1.5), it is worth hav- 
ing for the complete manual. I wish, however, that 
the docs contained a separate listing summarizing 
the changes to 2.0, so users of previous versions 
could get up to speed quickly. Many more pro- 
gramming examples would be helpful, as well. 

The program has a very simple, clean structure 
for creating buttons, screens, and windows. It ttses 
the metaphor of a deck of cards to structure its pro- 
grams, echoing HyperCard on the Macintosh. Each 
interactive screen is one card in the deck. Decks can 



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contain one card or many, and they can 
easily flip between cards. CanDo goes 
well beyond HyperCard's many limita- 
tions to create programs with strong 
graphics, animation, and sound support. 
For example, you can create animation 
motion simply by moving the mouse. 
The computer records the sequence and 
instantly turns it into script commands, 
which can be edited, as well. (Tinkering with the 
scripts generated by the visual interface makes 
learning the script language easier.) 

"Hie visual interface can't do everything, but it 
can take care of some of the biggest programming 
complications. Configuring screens and creating 
and placing buttons, lists, requesters, disk files, and 
so on are all handled by simple, easy-to-use point- 
and-click routines. This eliminates the need for 
complicated, messy routines that usually handle 
such chores. I feel a great sense of freedom when 1 
watch windows, menus, close gadgets, and sizing 
tools appear at the touch of a button. It's fun to 
watch a program work hard so I don't have to, but 
it would be better if the visual inlerface could han- 
dle even more than it does. 

The only problem with the point-and-click inter- 
face is that it must open window after window to get 
to the script you want. On a slow Amiga this awk- 
wardness bee Hint's toi lurous after .1 while. I he new 
BookMark system alleviates the problem somewhat. 




but it remains CanDo's biggest drawback. The fea- 
ture that makes CanDo so easy to learn ultimately 
hampers experienced users. 

Comfortable in the Middle 

CanDo programs rim at a decent speed, though 
some tend to bog down on slower Ami gas. While 
CanDo does not create blisteringly fast animations 
as the more complex AMOS (Europress Software) 
can, and while it is not a marvel of intuitive inter- 
face engineering as the less powerful Scala (Scala 
Inc.) is, CanDo is comfortably positioned between 
the two. It skillfully combines programming prowess 
with ease of use. Unlike both those packages, Can- 
Do is customized to Intuition, multitasks properly, 
and cooperates peacefully with other resources. 

Ultimately, CanDo passes my acid test for a pro- 
gram: Clearly it was not designed by people who 
were looking merely to fill a market niche, but by 
people who wanted to use it regularly. 

— Daniel Greenberg 



Among other 
improvements, 
version 2.0 of 
CanDo adds 
bookmark and 
duplicating tools 
to its long list of 
features. 



Builds 3-D 
objects from 

bitmap 

pictures and 

converts among 

object formats. 



Pixel 3D Professional 



Axiom Software, $249.95. 
Hard-drive installable. 
Not copy protected. 
2.0 compatible. 



Accelerator compatible. 

Minimum system: 1MB of chip RAM. 

Recommended system: 4+MB RAM, hard drive. 



Tie latest version of the popular l'ixel 3D, Pixel 
3D Professional boasts some very impressive im- 
provements. The program has without question 
made another leap forward, upgrading the quality, 
speed, flexibility, and user interface. About the only 
similarities to the previous edition are the pro- 
gram's concept and documentation. 

Briefly, Pixel 3D Professional converts bitmap 
pictures into 3-D objects that you can then import 



to your 3-D imaging and animation program. While 
Pixel 3D is not a full-scale 3-D rendercr or model- 
er, it does offer some modeling capabilities and can 
render solid models of the objects from any angle 
within the program. 

Pixel 3D imports bitmaps (IFF format, up to 32 
colors), as well as 3-D objects in 14 formats (Light- 
Wave 3D, 3D Professional, Turbo Silver, AutoCAD 
DXF, Wavefront, VideoScape Binary and ASCII, 1 



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Imagine, Sculpt 3D, Draw 4D and 4D 
Pro, Caligari, Vista Pro, and Scenery 
Animator DEM). You can manipulate 
and optimize the objexts, then save them 
in LightWave 3D, 3D Pro, Turbo Silver, 
AutoCAD DXF, Wavefront, VideoScape 
Binaiy and .ASCII, Imagine, Sculpt 3D, 
Draw AD and -ID Pro, Caligari, or Router 
Bit formats. Router Bit is the same as 
VideoScape ASCII except it is limited to 
one polygon and has a unique use (more 
in a moment). .As a bonus, the program 
now loads and retains grouped object in- 
fromaiion. Because Pixel 3D loads and 



REV! E \Y S 

saves so many object formats, you can 
use it as a file converter. 

Rapid Rise Objects 

After loading a bitmap, the program 
outlines the image and creates a Hat 
3-D object. You can request that each 
color (up to 31) in the bitmap be out- 
lined, which is very useful in re-creating 
color logos. If color is black, you can 
use it as a cut-out to put holes in the ob- 
ject. You can also load 16-shade gray- 
scale images, from which the program 
generates a 3-D grid with higher and 




The Wait is Over ... 

The addition of A-Max II Plus to ReadySofrs acclaimed series of Macintosh emulators brings powerful new 
capabilities to your Amiga. A-Max II and A-Max II Plus are hardware and software combinations that once you 
supply Macintosh 1 28K ROMs, run almost all Macintosh productivity software at full speed Including Word, Excel, 
Quark XFress" and Illustrator*. A-Max II Plus Is an Internal card which may be easily Inserted into a slot in your 
Amiga 2000 or greater series computer. Once installed, A-Max II Plus provides AppleTalk*, serial port, MIDI 
and disk compatiblity with the Macintosh. 

The A-Max 2.S software also features: support for Amiga hard drives, mouse, keyboard, disk drives, serial and 
parallel ports, processor accelerators, RAM, all normal video modes and screen sizes, de-interlacers, playback 
of Macintosh digitized sounds, Apple ImageWriter* emulation for 9 and 24 pin Epson* compatible printers, 
and access to Macintosh SCSI peripherals through a hard drive controller's SCSI port 




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Pixel 3D Professional's smoothing con- 
trols let you fit to a spline curve. 

lower spots determined by the intensity 
level of the shades. Full white sections 
are the high ground, while dark gray 
port ions are the low lands. This method 
lets you easily create one-of-a-kind ter- 
rains: Simply use DeluxePaint's spray 
can to put down different shades of gray. 

Alter loading or tracing your 3-D object, 
you can extrude, bevel, smooth, or spin it. 
You can spin and offset points during an 
extrusion, as well as type and convert 
bitmap-font text into an object. I Bad the 
bevel ability alone worth the price of the 
program. Now with the use of a Router Bit 
file you can create a custom shape bevel 
for any area of your objects, so angles, 
curves, and any other shape can cut the 
beveled edge. You can even save the 
bevels with separate vertices, letting you 
select whether or not to use Phong shad- 
ing on various pails of the object. 

The biggest enhancement is that Pro- 
fessional lets you edit points. You can 
now move, delete, and subdivide points 
and edges within your objects. While you 
si ill cannot simply add points or poly- 
gons, the feature is very useful. You can 
select points individually or as groups 
and even extrude, bevel, or smooth onl\ 
selected points. The smoothing controls 
now include fitting to spline curves for 
much better looking letters and objects. 
The screen shot above contains before 
and after smoothing examples; notice 
there are many more points before the 
smoothing. The process is also much 
faster than in the previous version. 

The user interface is completely new 
and is much easier to understand. While 
it sports a 2.0 look with 3-D bullous, the 
interface layout is still unique and lacks 
such standard elements as front/back, 
close, and sizing gadgets. There are no 
menus, either; you access everything 
through buttons, which open informa- 
tion panels. There are keyboard equiva- 
lents to many functions. The organiza- 
tion of the interface is clean and 
understandable. The only areas that can i 



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Desktop 
Audio 



AD516 

The AD5 16 hardware pro- 
vides stereo in/out conneciors, 
plus a SiMPTE in. Just plug your 
VTR, CD player, radio, tape 
deck, or other audio source di- 
rectly in. Then record in stereo, 
direct to hard disk, with 16 bits 
at sampling rales up to 48.000 
samples per second. Plus, the 
AD516"s efficient design 
allows 8 track playback direct 
from hard disk. The ADS 16 can 
synchronize and chase SMPTE 
time code at 24, 25, 29.97, and 
30 fps (drop or non-drop frame). 
Designed to exceptional audio 
standards, the AD516 of- 
fers 15Hz to 22KHz fre- 
quency response and 85dB 
dynamic range. 

Video Production 



Professional Digital Sound for 
Your Video, Music, and Radio 
Productions 




Finally, true CD quality 16 bit audio 
is available for your Amiga! SunRizc's 
new AD5I6 gives you eight tracks, plus a 
time code reader and a DSP chip. Included 
with the AD5 16 is Studio 16 7 - version 2.0. 
This new release of our popular 16 bit 
editing software puts a complete sound 
studio on your desk! 




The Video Toaster goes a 
long way towards solving your video 
problems. Bui what about sound? Do you g 
want to do ADR or voice-overs? Do you 
need to synchronize background music with 
your productions? How do you add foot- 
steps, door knocks, and other 
sound effects to your video or 
animation? Do you need to 
fade, cross fade, or eliminate 
sections of audio? Can you 
edit your audio, or are you 
stuck with the first take? 
Studio 16 solves all these problems by 
turning your Amiga into a compleie 
sound studio. With Studio 16's 
cue list and SMPTE support you 
can lock sounds frame accurately 
with your video. Audio triggers re- 
liably, at the same spot, every time. Or 
you can slip your audio effects, trying them" 
at different spots. And since Studio 16 
plays directly off hard disk, the number of 
sounds you can trigger is unlimited. 

Mixer and Meters 

Each of Sludio 16's eight tracks can be 
metered and mixed. Unlike two track sys- 
tems. Studio 16 can combine multiple 
tracks with no generation loss. And it can 
record two tracks while playing up to eight! 



Waveform Editor 

The Studio 16 sound editor graphs the 
audio waveform and allows you to cut, 
copy, and paste audio. Up to eight samples 




can be edited per window. And edits can 
be non-destructive or permanent. Zoom. 
scale, fade, reverse, echo, normalize, loop 
FFT, resample, and many other functions 
are available. Named regions can be de- 
fined and used in the cue list or transport 
modules. 




DSP Supercharger 

The AD516 includes a special sound 
coprocessor - the advanced 2105 DSP. The 
DSP allows Studio 16 to handle those eight 
tracks while performing real time mixing. 
The DSP can also do high quality 16 bit ef- 
fects such as echo, flange, delay and chorus. 

Low Prices, High Performance 

Studio 16 2.0 comes with either the 
AD5 16 (16 bit. 8 track, stereo, 
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(12 bit, 4 track, mono. S595 
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be rather confusing are the system mem- 
ory and smoothing sellings. 

Remember the Memory 

As llie previous version does, Pixel 3D 
Professional requires you to allocate sys- 
tem memory resources. In other words, 
you configure ihe amount of memory 
that the program should use to handle 
the 3-D objects. This is excellent if you 
are multitasking and want to restrict 
blocks of RAM for other purposes. The 
amount of memory allocated, however, 
affects the complexity of tiic object that 



R E V 1 E W S 

can be handled: the less RAM. the sim- 
pler (he objects allowed. The problem 
with this nondynamic allocation is that 
you must guess how much is required to 
trace ihe bitmap or load an object. If vou 
don't have enough, you must reset the 
memory and try again. 

The documentation is brief, with no 
index or tutorials. The text in many 
areas, such as smoothing and extrusion, 
is technically specific and could use a 
more layman-type explanation. 

While operation was smooth, I did en- 
counter a few problems with stray poly- 




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gons during some bevel functions and 
odd behavior when loading some objcci 
formats from Pixel 3D into several 3-D 
programs. I was able to fix each of these 
problems with a little experimantaiion. 
however, and did not find them a major 
detriment I recommend Pixel 3D Pro- 
fessional to anyone working with 3-D 
programs. 

— Steven Btaize 



WORDWORTH V2 

Digits International, S200. 
Hard drive installable. 
Not copy-protected. 
2.0 compatible. 
Accelerator compatible. 
Minimum system: 1.5MB of RAM, 

two floppy drives. 
Recommended system: 2 + MB of 

RAM, hard drive. 



Basic word processing and 
small-scale desktop publishing. 



For the past several years, a comple- 
mentary balance of trade has exist- 
ed between US Amiga owners and their 
English counterparts. While [he best in 
entertainment software often origin- 
ates from England, the lion's share of 
productivity software is designed and 
programmed here in the States. Now, 
UK-based Digita International bucks 
this trend with the release of Word- 
worth V2, a surprisingly versatile word 
processor thai compares favorably with 
American offerings. 

An tipdate to Wordworth 1.1, Word- 
worth V2 offers all ihe basic features that 
Amiga owners have come to expect. 
Such staples as cut, copy, paste, ad- 
justable margins and line spacing, find, 
and replace are all present. You access 
most of these functions by selecting 
icons on a tool bar. Like many other 
Amiga word processors, Wordworth lets 
you include graphics in documents. Un- 
like many Others, Wordworth supports a 
wide variety of image formats in addi- 
tion to IFF.'such as PCX (IBM PC Paint- 
brush), EPS (encapsulated PostScript), 
and Windows BMP (Microsoft Win- 
dows). You can resize and reposition im- 
ages, and a number of text-How options 
help pour text around oddly shaped 
graphics. 

Wordworth's text importing and ex- 
porting capability is just as flexible. 
with support for a variety of formats. 
You can import documents created 
with ProWrite, WordPerfect, Kind- 
Words, and Protext, plus such MS-DOS 



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AlfaScan and 
AlfaScan-Plus 

400 DPI Hand Scanner 

256 Grayscale 
Conversion Software 



Regular version includes New Scan&Save Plus V1 .76-V, 
Plus version includes Touch Up V3.07-V, 

Both models include: 
■ Merge It V1 .4 

• Alfascale scanning conversion scale 

• Cartridge, Interface and Power Adaptor 

Desktop Publishers and Video Professionals can produce 

24 bit IFF and TIFF 256 Grayscale files with the 

included software. When used with 

products like Pixel 

3D Professional 

from Axiom 

Software, 

generating high tech 

3D logos from printed 

materials becomes 

easy, productive and 

profitable. 




Product Description 



AlfaPower 



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External IDE Hard Drive and 8 MegaByte Ram Expansion for your 
Amiga 500 

■ Solid metal case 

■ RAM expandable to 2, 4, 6 or 8MB 

■ Holds one 3.5" or two 2.5" HD(s) 

■ Includes all cables, screws and 

■ Autoboot, autoconfig and zero wait 

■ Separate'HD and RAM disable 

Pre-configured systems with hard drive 

and ram installed are available. Plug an 

AlfaPower, into your Amiga 500's expansion port and increase your performance and 

power in just minutes. 




_a 500's i 
ver.in just minutes. m 

TKB-MT-AC 

3 Button Crystal Trackball for any model of 
Amiga Computer 

■ Top quality construction with opto- 
mechanical encoder 

• Two-color shining Crystal Ball 

■ Auto-fire button & key-lock function switch 

■ Long 6+ foot cord for convenient 
placement 



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If you are looking for a productive alternative 
to standard mouse input, an Alfadata 
trackball is the answer to your needs. 
Effortless finger-tip operation and reliable 
micro-switch buttons. 



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AlfaRAM-0 External A500 8MB Ram Expansion, expandable to 2, 4, 6 or 8MB - chassis is similar to AlfaPower (above) 

AlfaRAM600-2 2MB AlfaRAM600 PCMCIA card provides 2 MegaBytes Fast Ram for Amiga 1200 or 600 

AlfaRAM600-4 4MB AlfaRAM600 PCMCIA card provides 4 MegaBytes Fast Ram for Amiga 1200 or 600 

FDD-M312 External 3.5" 880K Floppy Drive with pass-through drive connector and on/off switch for all Amigas 

RA2-8M-0 Low cost 8 MegaByte RAM expansion card for the A2000, expandable to 2, 4, 6 or 8MB - OK installed 

RA5-4M-0 Amiga 500 4 MegaByte RAM expansion card includes set-up, RAM test software and on/off switch cable 

RA5-51 2K Amiga 500 51 2K RAM expansion module (501 -style) with Real Time Clock and on/off switch cable 

RA6-1 M Amiga 600 1 MegaByte RAM expansion device with Real Time Clock and Memory Enable Link 

SWB-M-BT Floppy drive boot selector for Amiga 500 or 2000 - boot from drive(s) other than DFO: 

SWB-M-KS+ Auto Kickstart Switch Plus for Amiga 500 or 2000 - allows convenient switching between 1 .3 and 2.0 ROMs 

SWB-M-KS6 Amiga 600 Auto Kickstart Switch - allows users to easily switch back to 1 .3 ROMs for extra compatibility 

AlfaOptic 3 Button 300 DPI Optical Mouse - comes with optical mouse pad - Note: 3rd button is active 

AlfaPen 3 Button Optical Pen with pad - allows comfortable Pen-style mouse input with high resolution accuracy 

CLM-MT "High tech" infra-red 3 Button Cordless Mouse with receiver/charging stand, mouse pad and power supply 

OMM-MT 2 Button Mouse with mouse pad, holder and extra long cord - excellent replacement mouse for all Amigas 



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REVIEWS 



word processors as WordPerfect 5.1 
and Microsoft Word. 

A number ofnove! features facilitate 
editing newly imported documents. A 
convenient "bookmark" function lets 
you jump through large documents 
with the greatest of ease, while tools for 
creating a table of contents and an in- 
dex make dealing with large docu- 
ments painless. The mail-merge utility 
accepts tlata from a variety of formats, 
including Superbase and ASCII. And if 
you're planning to create a multicol- 
umn newsletter, VVordworth can ac- 



commodate up to 32 text columns with 
variable-size gutters. 

A Font of Fonts 

For creating newsletters. Wordworth of- 
fers an impressive array of fonts and type 
styles. In addition to standard Amiga 
bitmap fonts, Wordworth supports Col- 
orFonts and the new Agfa Compu- 
graphic outline fonts used in AmigaDOS 
2. 1 . Seventeen Compugraphic fonts and 
one ColorFont (Digita Chrome) are in- 
cluded, giving you plenty of typefaces to 
choose from. Plus, Wordworth supports 




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ProDrawj Workbench 2, 
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• Open, create and save PostScript, Compugraphic Intellifont 
ant) Soft-iogik format outline fonts! 

• ARexx and HotLinks compatible! 

• Draw and edit characters or import IFF DR2D drawings. 

• Manually trace bitmap picture templates. 





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Wordworth V2 lets you include PCX, EPS, 
and BMP graphics in your documents, as 
well as IFF images. 

internal printer fonts, which while not 
as flashy as Compugraphic fonts print 
much more quickly. 

To massage your prose into some- 
thins; more memorable, Wordworth in- 
eludes a 1 10,000-word spell checker and 
an 826,000-word thesaurus. Once you 
judge your work as being up to snuff, a 
noneditable page preview shows you an 
overall view of your document before go- 
ing to press. 

Wordworth outputs to almost ever)' 
Amiga supported device, including Post- 
Script printers. If high-quality output is 
your goal, use the included Compu- 
graphic fonts. With these. I printed 
Wordworth documents to a variety of de- 
vices, and the output was always clear 
and crisp, even on a nine-pin dot-matrix 
printer. Wordworth's priming times 
were a little sluggish, but not consider- 
ably more than times for other outline- 
font capable programs. 

All of these features are wrapped up in 
what Digita calls its Human Interface 
Protocol (HIP). HIP refers to the ap- 
pearance and operation ol Wordworth 
V2 under both AmigaDOS 1.3 and 2.0. 
Accessing program options is usually as 
easy as clicking on tool-bar icons with 
the mouse or punching out a sequence 
of keyboard equivalents. As polished as 
Digita's HIP graphical environment is, 
some foibles are apparent. The program 
does not support 2.0's ASL file re- 
questers, and the existing requesters are 
thick and chunky, often obscuring most 
— if not all — of the screen. 

Support for ARexx is strangely ab- 
sent, and the program performs very 
slowly on ttnaccelerated Amigas. Other 
problems stem from the program's 
overseas origin. All the printer infor- 
mation in the manual refers to printers 
with UK trade names, which may cause 
some confusion, finally, Digita hasn't 
yet set up a support office stateside; if 
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2-1 April 1993 



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If you're thinking about getting an Amiga* 
special effects or image processing 
product, here are some facts to consider: 

• ASDG's Art Department Professional 
was named the "Best Image Processing 
Program" for 1 992 by the readers of 
Amazing Computing Magazine and "Best 
Video Software" by Germany's Amiga Plus 
Magazine. 

■ American Software And Hardware 
Distributors and MicroPace Distributors 
(the two largest Amiga' software 
distributors in North America) cite ADPro 
and MorphPlus as the best selling 
products of their kind. 

• ADPro placed third among ALL Amiga* 
software products on the MicroPace 
1992 Top 50 Sellers List. 

• The Post Group, one of the largest post 
production houses in the world, has used 
ADPro and MorphPlus in the production 
of special effects for the prime time TV 




show Quantum Leap and for maj 
motion pictures. 



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• Mark Swain, an Amiga World 
reviewer (and animator for Foundation 
Imaging, the creators of the special 
effects for Babylon 5), said, "MorphPlus 
produces the most realistic shape 
shifting special effects I have ever seen 
on a desktop." 

• David Duberman, Executive Editor 
of Video Toaster User, said in a 
comparative review of Amiga" 



morphing products, "MorphPlus is the 
Rolls Royce of Amiga 1 morphing 
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you need tech support, be prepared for 

a pricey transatlantic phone call. 

Book Value 

Before placing that call, however, take a 
look at Wordworth's excellent 350-page 
manual. Packed to the margins with 
helpful tips, reference material, and tu- 
torials, the documentation is superlative. 
Chances are good that most problems 
can be solved by delving into the book, 
but Wordworth also offers on-line help. 
Aside from the sluggish operation and 
interface oddities, Wordworth V2 ends 
up being quite a potent word processor. 
The ability to import MS-DOS format 
documents is a boon, and the table-of- 
contents, index-generation, and glossary 
features make Wordworth V2 compare 
favorably with such popular -Amiga word 
processors as ProWrite, Final Copy, and 
excellence. While it might not be the 
most powerful graphic word processor 
available, Wordworth Y2 sei"ves as ample 
evidence that British Amiga developers 
aren't just playing games anymore. 

—J e ffJ ames 



Art Expression 

Soft-Loglk, S249. 
Hard-drive installable. 
Not copy protected. 
2.0 compatible. 
Accelerator compatible. 
Minimum system: 2MB of RAM, 

two floppy drives. 
Recommended system: 2 + MB of 

RAM, hard drive. 



Entry-level structured-drawing 
and Illustration. 



Soft-Logik adds the last link in its 
desktop-publishing product line with 
Art Expression. Although PageStream 
has fairly good built-in structured-draw- 
ing tools, they are insufficient for creat- 
ing complex illustrations. Enter Art Ex- 
pression. 

Art Expression's interface is clean, 
simple, and well laid out. The main 
drawing tools are located on a moveable 
vertical bar, and die menus are arranged 
logically. You can edit objects in Prev iew 
and Outline mode on an interlaced, a 
noninterlaced, or a Workbench screen 
at magnifications from 30% to 3200%. 

Bad Curve Ahead 

The toolbar contains most of the tools 
you expect in an illustration program — 
lines, arcs, polygons, ellipses, boxes, 



rounded-edge boxes, and Bezier curves. 
The weakest of these is the most impor- 
tant — the Bezier curve tool. While draw- 
ing a curve, you have minimal control 
over the control points, and you cannot 
see them. Worse, when you continue 
subsequent curves, there is no continua- 
tion between the tangents of the previ- 
ous and current curve. This means thai 
you must take great care to make con- 
tinuous curves accurate. 

Controlling individual curve handles 
requires you to first click on a tool to en- 
ter the point-editing mode. The control 
points of all an object's curves then be- 
come visible, turning your complex ob- 
ject into a confusing mass of handles. To 
make matters worse, none of the control 
points have tangent lines leading to their 
anchor points. Knowing whether a point 
belongs to a specific curve segment is 
difficult until you move it. 

Other drawing tools are well thought 
out and implemented. For example, the 
circle tool automatically creates pie seg- 
ments or slices based on percentages you 
enter in the corresponding requester, 
making pie charts a breeze. The arc and 
freehand tools are just as versatile and 
useful. The toolbar also lets you auto- 
matically close a path, convert a line to 
a curve (or vice versa), draw text, and se( 
the magnification scale. Pius, you can 
arrange objects by moving them forward 
or backwards by an increment of one, 
select an obscured object by clicking it, 
and create subgroups of objects. For ex- 
ample, if you group together several ob- 
jects thai are themselves groups, the in- 
itial subgroups are retained when you 
disband the new group, unlike in other 
illustration programs. 

The lack of gradient fills is a surpris- 
ing omission. You can accomplish simi- 
lar effects with the blend tool; unfortu- 
nately, blends are not as easy to change. 
They make your files larger, and you 
must decide how many objects make up 
the blend when you create it. With a gra- 
dient fill, the software calculates how 
many steps are used. 

On the plus side. Art Expression's blend 
tool gives you more llexibliry than other il- 
lustration programs provide. When you 
select two objects for a blend, Art Expres- 
sion lets you switch the starting and end- 
ing objects. One annoyance is that once 
created, all the objects involved with the 
blend remain selected: If you delete the 
blend, you end up deleting the starting 
and ending objects unless you first dese- 
lect them, which is not always easy. 

.An excellent tool is the path-to-path 
function, which duplicates and fits a 
user-specified number of shapes along a 
drawn path (a curve, a freehand line, or 



whatever you wish). Its function is simi- 
lar to the text-to-curve fitting tools avail- 
able in this and other programs. The 
software automatically scales to fit, 
spaces to fit, centers, or justifies left or 
right the shapes on the path. A similar 
stand-out, the path-into-shape tool lets 
you fit any object or group within a 
drawn path. You could, for example, 
warp a line of text into the outline of a 
triangle or hexagon. 

All these tools work on text objects, as 
well as drawn ones. Art Expression gives 
you 35 PostScript Type 1 fonts among 
which to choose. You can convert them 
all to editable curves or use the tools pro- 
vided in the Text menu. You can output 
the text at your printer's maximum res- 
olution, as well. Noticeably absent, how- 
ever, are such controls as tracking, lead- 
ing, and kerning. 

If you don't want to start a project 
from scratch, Art Expression imports 
IFF DR2D and Adobe Illustrator draw- 
ings for editing, and the included con- 
verter program transforms Gold Disk's 
Professional Draw clips into IFF DR2D 
files. Because Art Expression does not 
support gradient fills, ProDraw's gradi- 




Soft-Logik's Art Expression offers a 
flexible blend tool. 

ents are simply changed to solid colors. 
The Adobe Illustrator loader is slow and 
somewhat Hawed: complex drawings of- 
ten arrive with several objects skewed or 
missing. The loader does not handle 
compound objects properly, either. Sur- 
prisingly, you cannot import IFF images, 
which is an unfortunate oversight. 

Help at Every Turn 

Art Expression's documentation is top- 
notch. The extensive user's manual is 
well written and illustrated by many- 
screen shots and diagrams. To supple- 
ment it, you get a 100-page tutorial man- 
ual, which also explains the included 
auto-tracing program. A third book cov- 
ers the workings of B.\1E, the BitMap 
Continued on p. 76 



28 April 1993 




High resolution color scanners. 
New from Epson. 

Epson* introduces eyes for Amiga®. for the 600C or 800C model, you always get all protected by Epson's one-year warranty. 

Coupled with an ASDG ADPro*driver, Epson 244)it single pass color scanning with almost So drop by your computer store soon 

offers the best flatbed scanning combination 17 million colors. But Epson also offers an and take a look or call 1-800-289-3776 and 

available for Amiga. automatic document feeder attachment and ask for representative 81 for more informa- 

Greater speed and higher resolution is a an add-on transparency unit, which give you lion. Just don't be surprised if you end up 

given for both models, and whether you opt the flexibility to scan slides. And of course it's with an Epson scanner. 



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Strength 

Every good show requires creativity and careful orchestration. For 

multimedia productions, there's a strong cast of software on call to 

help you get your act together. 



~JT ~T ' IIII.I: OTHER COMPl TER platforms straggle just to define multimedia, Ami- 
I /I / ga products and users continue to demonstrate it. Standard hardware and sys- 
1/ 1/ tern software provide the raw power you need to perform the greatest show on 

desktop. But this notable combination of strengths remains only an attractive 
potential until you add multimedia software muscle. 

Considering the wealth of packages available, it's useful to establish some guidelines for 
selecting among them. At least 15 packages qualify' as multimedia-production tools. They 
range horn complete applications-software development packages to simple slide-show pro- 
grams. You'll lincl their basic "stats" listed in the chart on p. 34. For beyond-the-stats reports, 
read on. .After a more detailed examination of (he things you should consider in a multimedia 
package, we'll investigate individual packages. 

Levels of Complexity 

Multimedia-production software can be appraised according to two fundamental criteria: how 
many functions and routines they include (how much control is available), and the methods 
and environment used to access, utilize, and apply them. Often, both of these factors are af- 



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fected by the intended purpose for the package (some 
have been tailored for certain kinds of productions 
and have concentrated on particular features more 
than others). And, as von might imagine, there is usu- 
ally a direct relationship between power and com- 
plexity. 

The central demand is to be able to combine images, 
animations, sounds, and music thai have been created 
or captured with applications programs. Good, basic 
multimedia packages call into play the full range ofsvs- 
lem features, including standard file formats for graph- 
ics and sound (IFF, ANIM5, 8SVX, SMUS, and so on), 
all native screen resolutions and colors, both channels 



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S F I W V R i: 

and all four voices of eight-bit audio, and efficient use 
of resources such as RAM so that preloading or elem- 
ents, large files, animation play, and simultaneous op- 
erations will be smooth, Going a step further, multi- 
tasking with Amiga DOS commands, ARexx calls, and 
linking with other applications opens up many poten- 
tials. 

A next level of functionality tniglu include external 
devices and the addition of further resources through 
software drivers, machine control, genlocking, and ex- 
panded input/output options. In this way, you can ac- 
cess analog video, MIDI music, and CD material, and 
control touch-screens and enhanced-displav and audio 
devices. It's also becoming more common for such pro- 
grams to directly support leading Amiga expansion 
cards and peripherals, such as those providing 2-1-bit 
graphics, digital audio, video effects, and the like. 

Interactivity is essential to some multimedia appli- 
cations. While some packages are only rudimentary in 
this regard, those intended for more intricate interac- 
tivity typically support several flexible methods and 
devices. Similarly, the software routines, production 
structure, and hardware support represent a tightly 
interrelated combination. 

Other considerations include modularity, or how 
convenient it is to create "chunks" or subroutines that 
can be inserted into other productions. Also, some 
authoring programs come with independent player 
utilities, enabling productions to be distributed and 
used on other machines without running the original 
development program. 

Scripting Success 

Text-based authoring "languages'" produce scripts thai 
the computer can follow. Text scripting can offer very 
detailed and exacting control over almost ever)' aspect 
of a production. While typing command sequences 
line by line can become tedious, especially with more 
elaborate productions, the advantages of text-based 
scripting are distinct. Even some packages that lead 
with other kinds of interfacing contain options for 
scripting. The power of scripting is boosted further 
when the script can subsequently be compiled to an ex- 
ecutable file, which results in small, fast productions. 

One of the earliest contenders in the text-scripting 
realm was The Director, from The Right Answers 
Group. The Director 2 (SI 29.95), the current version, 
offers more than 130 commands to construct a range 
of productions. 

DEdit, The Director 2's text editor, contains fea- 
tures helpful not only for writing scripts, but also for 
debugging. This means that scripted routines are run 
from within DEdit and errors or faulty sequences are 
caught and identified by the software, assisting in prop- 
er and effective authoring, which is especially useful For 
the novice or anyone producing long or elaborate 
scripts. Advanced users may prefer to use their favorite 
text editors. 

The Director 2 controls the standard Amiga resolu- 
tions, as well as directly supporting Digital Creations' 
DC71Y and Black Belt Systems' HAM-E display de- 
vices. Additional peripherals are addressed in the form 
of a ToolK.it disk (available separately) containing in- 
terface modules for Commodore's CD'IY, MIDI equip- 
ment, serial-port connecting peripherals, Pioneer's 
LDV4200 laserdisc player, and Haitex's X-Specs 3D 



32 April 1993 



!M I L T I M I! D I A 

stereo glasses. Unfortunately, no direct support is avail- 
able for 24-bit display, specialty-audio, or video-effects 
boards, although you can access these things via 
ARexx. 

With its depth of control and ability to "manually" 
manage many facets of a production, The Director 2 
has been used for a wide variety of projects in profes- 
sional, educational, artistic, and entertainment fields, 
demonstrating the diversity of applications possible 
for a powerful and flexible general-purpose authoring 
package. Still, these strengths demand more from the 
user in terms of programming savvy and considerable 
familiarity with the many options offered within the 
package. The manual is well-ordered and concise, but 
neophytes in programming, multimedia and/or Ami- 
gas may find it difficult. 

While INOVAtronics identifies CanDo 2 (S 1 40.95) as 
a "software authoring system," it does qualify as a 
multimedia package — at least by definition — as it integ- 
rates a broad array of elements and can produce man)' 
multimedia applications. 

CanDo presents a combined graphical/textual in- 
terface to semi-automate die process of building scripts 
(more than 200 commands and functions) using a 
"card-deck" context, much like HyperCard for Mac- 
intosh systems. A series of on-screen requester panels, 
control buttons, and dialog boxes guide the steps nec- 
essary to enter definitions, commands, and option 
selections. 

The versatility of CanDo is founded on a capable 
and sophisticated collection of functions and routines, 
enlarged with calls to AmigaDOS and ARexx, plus 
modules dedicated to port input/output activity. The 
program's interface design, including some graphic 
screen utilities, a built-in basic paint program, and a 
degree of automation, simplifies program use. But 
even the manual warns of some possible difficulty in 
using the more advanced techniques. 

CanDo's features reveal its system-application bent: 
1'here are no drivers for external equipment or par- 
ticular expansion items and little provision for some 
more full}' developed multimedia that would benefit 
from such resources. Those with enough program- 
ming experience could likely accomplish such things 
via CanDo's facilities, but it's not complete within the 
package. Also, there are a couple of options for pro- 
ducing "stand-alone" applications, including one re- 
quiring the licensing of the cando. library. 

Hyperbook (S99.95, Gold Disk) provides a very sim- 
ilar but rather simplified version of the card-deck ap- 
proach. Its smaller set of functions allows an easier, al- 
most self-explanatory graphic interface involving no 
text scripting other than optional ARexx macros. The 
drawback here is that many multimedia elements — 
even basics, such as sound — are accessible only through 
AmigaDOS, ARexx, and other programs. 

Thinker ($80, Poor Person Software) occupies a cat- 
egory of its own as a "hypermedia" program. Origin- 
ally produced as a hypertext creator, further media op- 
tions such as graphics and CD-ROM support have 
been cultivated in version 2.1 .4. The developer has an 
especially frugal outlook (as indicated by the com- 
pany moniker) which is manifested in the humble, 
sparse documentation, and avoidance of features de- 
veloped in other applications that can be used in con- 
cert. This philosophy has Thinker providing a spec- 



S F T VV A R i; 

ialized, focused application that satisfactorily and af- 
forctably fulfills its claims.. .no more, but no less. 

Get Graphical 

Graphical and iconic interfaces are popular because 
they provide simplicity and ease. Programs taking this 
approach allow you to construct productions via vis- 
ual pictograms of the program's controls. Their inter- 
faces usually take the form of diagrams, graph layouts, 
and flowcharts, or timelines and nutltitrack bars. 
Whereas the former approach emphasizes linear se- 
quence and production structure, the latter better ac- 
commodates precise timing and simultaneous events. 



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M li L T I M E D I A 



SOFT W ARE 



Multimedia Production Software 



File 

Formats 

Accepted 





AmigaVision 
Professional 


Bars&Pipes 
Pro 2 


CanDo2 


Deluxe- 
Video III 


The 
Director 2 


Elan 
Performer 


Helm' 


Interface 


Graphic 


Graphic 


Graphic/Text 


Graphic 


Text 


Graphic 


Graphic 


Scripting 1 


Auto 
ASCII 


Auto 


Auto 
ASCII 


Auto 


ASCII 


Auto 


ASCII 


Color 

Support 2 


ECS 
AGA 


ECS 


ECS 


ECS 


ECS 


ECS 


ECS 



IFF-1LBM 

ANIM5 

ASCII 

8SVX 

SMUS 

MIDI 

Dbaselll 

CDXL PAN 



IFF-ILBM 
8SVX 
SMUS 
MIDI 



IFF-ILBM 


IFF-ILBM 


IFF-ILBM 


IFF-tLBM 


AMM5 


ANIM5 


ANIM5 


ANIM5 


ASCII 


8SVX 


ASCII 


8SVX 


8SVX 


SMUS 


8SVX 




FTEXT 




SMUS 





IFF-ILBM 
ANIM5 
8SVX 
SMUS 



File 
Formats 

Generated 



Program 



Program 

SMUS 

MIDI 



IFF-ILBM 


Program 


IFF-ILBM 


Prograr 


ASCII 


AWIM5 


ANIM5 


ANIM5 


FTEXT 




ASCII 





Program 
IFF-ILBM 

ANIM5 



Standards 
Supported 



MIDI 



MIDI 
SMPTE 



n/a 



MIDI 



MIDI 



n/a 



PostScript 



Expansion n/a 
Support 



IV-24 
Toaster 
SunRize audio 



DCTV 
HAM-E 



SuperGert 



DCTV 
HAM-E 
X-Specs 3D 



n/a 



n/a 



Peripheral Laserdisc 

Touchscreen 
CDTV 



Laserdisc 

SuperGen 

G-Lock 

SyncPro 

VCR 



Serial I/O 
Parallel I/O 



n/a 



Laserdisc 
CDTV 

Serial I/O 



n/a 



n/a 



ARexx 
Support 



ARexx 

Imagine, Scala 
Real 3D, CanDo 
AmigaVision 
SuperView 



ARexx 



ARexx 
[out only) 



ARexx 



n/a 



n/a 



Fonts 


System 


System 


Y 


System 


System 


System 


System 


Clips'* 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


N 


N 


Y 


Play/Exec5 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


N 


? 


Suggested 6 
Uses 


General MM 


Presentations 
DTV 


System 
Applications 


DTV 
Presentations 


Presentations 
Custom MM 


Presentations 


System App 
Custom MM 



Notes: 

* Information on Helm and MediaLink preliminary and unconfirmed. 

1 ASCII indicates thai the program generates ASCII text that you can use with a text editor. 

2 ECS= Enhanced Chip Set, available For AIIOOO and earlier machines. AGA=Advanced Graphics Architecture oI'Al 200 and A-1000. 

3 Programs you can run and interact with via main program. 

4 Does the package provide sound and graphics clips for use in your productions? 



34 April 1993 



\I I 1, T 1 VI E D I A 



S I T \\ A R E 



Features Comparison Chart 



Hyperbook 


MediaShow 


Media Link* 


Presentation 
Master 


Scala 
MM 200 


ShowMaker 


Thinker 2 


TV*Show 




Graphic 


Graphic 


Graphic 


Graphic 


Graphic/Text 


Graphic 


Text 


Graphic 


Auto 


Auto 




Auto 


Auto 
ASCII 


Auto 


ASCII 


Auto 




ECS 


ECS 


ECS 
AGA 


ECS 

Virtual 24-bit 

(dither) 


ECS 
AGA 
24-bit 


ECS 


ECS 
AGA 


ECS 




IFF-ILBM 

ASCII 

8SVX 


IFF-ILBM 
ANIM5 
8SVX 
SMUS 


IFF-ILBM 

ANIM5 

8SVX 

MIDI 

DSS 

Sound Tracker 

Noise Tracker 


IFF-ILBM 
ANIM5 
ASCII 
EPS 


IFF-ILBM 

ANIM5, 16,32 

8SVX 

SMUS 

DSS 

Sound Tracker 


IFF-ILBM 

ANIM5 

8SVX 

SMUS 

MIDI 


IFF-ILBM 
ASCII 


IFF-ILBM 

ANIM5 

8SVX 




Program 


Program 


Program 


PostScript 
EPS 


IFF-ILBM 
AIMIM5, 16, 32 

asvx 


Program 
ASCII 


Program 


Program 




n/a 


n/a 


MIDI 

SMPTE/EBU 
PostScript 
Z-modem 


PostScript 
SAGE 


MIDI 


MIDI 

SMPTE 

VuPort 


n/a 


n/a 




DCTV 


DCTV 


24-bit cards 


DMI Resolver 


CDTV 
IV-24 
OpalVision 


DCTV 
Toaster 


n/a 


n/a 




n/a 


n/a 


Still video 
Laserdisc 
VCR 


Film recorders 
Laser printers 


Still video 
Laserdisc 
VCR 


Laserdisc 


CDTV 


n/a 




ARexx 


Video Font 
Maker 


ARexx 


n/a 


ARexx 


ARexx 
Video Font 
Maker 


n/a 






System 


System 


System 


PolyFonts 
Compugraphic 


System 
Scala 


System 


System 


System 




N 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


N 


N 




N 


Y 


Y 


Y 


N 


N 


N 


Y 




System 
Applications 


Presentations 


General MM 


Presentations 


General MM 


DTV 
Presentations 


Hypertext 
Hypermedia 


Presentations 




5 Does the program generate executable files or come with a freely distributable player? 

6 Uses for which I Feel each package is best suited. General MM = broadly capable of most typical applications: random-access piv-cma- 
tions, interactive training, automated displays, some desktop video and more advanced options. Presentations 2 sequential productions: 
limed and umimed, attended and unattended. D"IY=desktop video, with such features ns overscan and video-equipment control. System 
Applications=design bias toward productions/applications for use directly on Amiga. Custom MM = particlular power for unique functions 
and advanced control. Hvpertext and Hypermedia^ nonlinear organization and enhanced access lor large amounts of similar data types. 


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M U L T I M E D I A 

Prompts and dialog boxes sometimes assist in enter- 
ing many details and definitions as necessary for com- 
plex control. 

In terms of easy and versatile production and ac- 
cess to advanced capabilities, Commodore's Amiga- 
Vision has arguably set a standard. Sporting one of the 
most intuitive graphic interfaces, AmigaVision makes 
a number of useful productions almost immediately 
available without specialized scripting. It's a com- 
paratively full-featured package, offering functions 
and resources for most types of multimedia — from 
the simplest '"slide shows" to the most complex pre- 
sentations, and from networked computer-based 
training to free-standing interactive kiosks. The 
brand-new AmigaVision Professional ($399) con- 
tains some improvements and additions. 

Some advanced applications will benefit from vary- 



S () F T W A R E 

ing degrees of technical comprehension, production 
and design skill, and a more-than-passing knowledge 
of AmigaVision's details. Integrated databasing, inter- 
process communication, involved interactivity, and 
managing multiple media with external resources are 
areas where such expertise is helpful. Yet Amiga- 
Vision simplifies even these realms through its visual 
structure, organized prompting, and on-line help. 

The iconic, flowchart interface assists clarity and 
speed. Us modular method offers power and versatil- 
ity, fhe newer version has a resource screen for con- 
veniently organizing many elements, too. 

Most standard system resources (hardware modes 
and software file formats) are addressable through easy 
selection and defined options, and the software sup- 
ports several laserdisc players and CDTV/CD-ROM. 
AmigaDOS calls, ARexx polling, and application multi- 



OBJECTIVE ADVICE 



MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS 
CAN be produced and delivered in a 
wide variety of ways. The method you 
choose will depend on your resources, 
purposes, and preferences. Regardless 
of what those are, here are some key 
issues to keep in mind. 

Content Material 

flic more types of elements you can 
include, the greater your options. If 
your multimedia program can handle 
still screens, animations, several sound 
and music formats, a variety of resolu- 
tions, and external material such as 
video, then you and your presenta- 
tions will enjoy the broadest creative 
and productive freedom. The com- 
bining and transitioning among mate- 
rials are handled differently by each 
program, and this should factor into 
your choice. 

Delivery Systems 

Some presentations can be conducted 
exclusively at one location, such as an in- 
house facility, while others might be in- 
tended fiir multiple installations. 

Single-site presentations allow more 
elaborate hardware configurations. 
Thus, the\- support presentations that 
require particular equipment (VCRs, 
MIDI, etc.), lots of expansion (specific 
bi lards, RAM, mass storage), specialized 
display and aut lio setups, even multiple 
Amigas. A multimedia program that 
best matches your mix of items will of- 
fer the most potential, although you 
may want to build upon the features of 
a particular package. Consider which 



device drivers are necessary, whether 
they are provided or need to be creat- 
ed, what types of cabling and connectors 
are involved, and other details. 

Portability — a self-contained system 
that can output at mosl locations — be- 
comes important for outboard pre- 
sentations. A minimal system could be 
just a CPU or a CDTV, a mouse or re- 
mote-control device, and a genlock (to 
avoid bringing a monitor). (While 
Commodore's internal genlock is in- 
ferior for recording to tape, it per- 
forms well for most presentation situ- 
ations.) In ihis case you may prefei .1 
multimedia program dial provides the 
most performance while requiring 
minimal hardware. 

Your choice of programs will also 
determine how much memorv vou will 
need, what types of drives you will re- 
quire, and so on. 

Display 

For live presentations, you might want 
a monitor for reference in addition to 
the one for the audience. This allows 
you to concentrate on your materia] 
instead of continually turning around 
to check the display, and removes lim- 
itations on the placement of monitors 
and projection screens. The reference 
monitor need not display video por- 
tions; I've often used an ROB display 
lor myself while sending genlocked 
displays to projectors. When you in- 
clude video, your software's overscan 
abilities become important: They in- 
fluence the content material and gen- 
locking options. 



Interactivity 

Many presentations need no more than 
a basic ability to trigger a sequence of 
segments or to reverse direction. Multi- 
media productions can, however, offer 
nonlinear access to all of the presenta- 
tion material, providing new dimen- 
sions. Check authoriug-pmgram fea- 
tures that will allot this ability. 

Flexibility 

Presentations frequently demand al- 
terations and last-minute work. Some 
programs accommodate this better 
than others. Look for easy file-delini- 
i ion procedures, clear sequencing 
methods, and even built-in resources 
for quick graphic/text creation. 

The ability to use segments you have 
already created as building blocks for 
other sections or present. uions can 
save considerable time and effort. 

Similarly, presentations or parts 
thereof can do double or triple duty by 
being convened front live delivery to 
automated display for exhibits, to 
videotape for wide distribution, and to 
output in other forms, such as slides 
and handouts. Consider evaluating for 
diese abilities. Some packages are de- 
signed for use across a broad range of 
functionality — from crafting very ad- 
vanced presentation on beefy devel- 
opment systems to nimble perfor- 
mance on minimal systems via efficient 
player utilities. Others concentrate on 
special strengths in particular applica- 
tions and are not as versatile. 

— CK 



36 April 1993 



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tasking are well integrated, adding vast potential. Oth- 
er strengths include its structured object editor, real- 
time previewing, and a freely distributable player pro- 
gram. AmigaVision has an integrated database 
capacity, including Dbase III compatibility. 

Its chief weakness is crude timing control and lack 
of support for MIDI, SMPTE, and other standards. 
Also, while it provides important resource-manage- 
ment, the method is awkward. 

These limitations are overcome in ShowMaker 
(S395, Gold Disk). Billed as "The Complete Multi- 
media Presentation System," it is apparently more of 
a desktop-video production program. Still, it is capa- 
ble of much more than just video. 

ShowMaker's interface utilizes gridded, multitrack, 
vertically stacked timelines upon which you place bars 
representing graphics, animations, titling, music, 
sound, and video effects. You define each effect sepa- 
rately; the bars' lengths represent duration. This af- 
fords precise item timing and synchronization ac- 
cording to music (beats) or absolute time (seconds). 
You can adjust individual elements further in their re- 
spective modes, such as animation frames-per-second 
and loops, title scroll rates, display transitions, and 
musical tempo. You can view this information as a se- 
quential cue-sheet listing or an ordered storyboard 
with text and graphics. 

This type of program encourages the use of nu- 
merous elements, raising issues of loading and playing 
many large files through limited RAM. ShowMaker's 
unique "dynamic preloading" automatically deter- 
mines the system resources necessary for smooth per- 
formance, monitors them, and manages the loading 
and unloading of components on the fly. Once you 
have defined a production, you can perform sub- 
sequent editing entirely with the mouse; the program 
will alter resource management as necessary. 

ShowMaker supports CAV and CI.V laserdisc play- 
ers, MIDI, SMPTE/MTC, and ARexx— and specifical- 
ly controls Digital Creations' SuperGen 2000S gen- 
lock and NewTek's Video Toaster, whether installed in 
the control computer or in a second system, Togeth- 
er, these features amount to a rich choice for artful, ac- 
complished multimedia production. ShowMaker lacks 
interactive options, however, beyond simple pause- 
and-resume mouse support. 

To produce its simpler program, MediaShow 
(SI 29), Gold Disk stripped transport control, device 
drivers, and other features from ShowMaker. Like its 
big brother, MediaShow is built on the timeline, and, 
with Dynamic Preloading, coordinates a synchronized 
play of graphics, animations, text, and audio. Gold 
Disk has thrown in basic paint and music software to 
sweeten the deal. 

.Another timeline-based package is DeluxeVideo III 
(S149.95, Electronic Arts). Similar in approach to 
ShowMaker, DVideo III is rather intricate, even clum- 
sy, in use but has increased controls within the pro- 
gram for incorporating more effects (rather than rely- 
ing on the sequenced material). It also includes more 
interactive branching capabilities. 

DVideo Ill's timing accuracy is to '/with of a second 
(a jiffy). It allows detailed use of animbrushes and 
scrolling backgrounds in addition to other, more tvp- 
ical material. While you can access MIDI equipment; 
SuperGen genlocks, and, theoretically, many other de- 



vices via a Device Track with the help of ARexx, this 
ability is available only in Expert mode and requires 
custom programming outside of the authoring pack- 
age. 

DVideo III comprises four separate programs. One 
coordinates and enhances external elements (usually 
created with other applications) and optionally com- 
bines them with effects from within the program. An- 
other copies these presentations (or "videos," as EA 
terms them) and all associated files to other disks. The 
third is a player utility for performing finished pro- 
ductions. The last is a straightforward, linear, graph- 
ics-only "SlideShow" — perhaps in case all the rest be- 
comes too much to deal with. 

Slide Into Home 

Early in the history of the Amiga, plain slide-show soft- 
ware was the only type available for producing pre- 
sentations. Today, high-end graphics cards include 
slide-show programs. For instance, Centaur's Opal- 
Vision comes with Opal Presents!, which arranges 
miniaturized versions ofyour graphics in a "filmstrip" 
and provides buttons for selecting options. With 20 
transition effects, several genlocking modes, simple 
timing, and a receive-only ARexx port with an "ad- 
vance" command, you can create basic sequential pre- 
sentations of still images. 

Similarly, ACS's Harlequin 32-bit board comes pack- 
aged with SlideS 2, which offers spartan control 
through text-file scripts. 

A more agile presentation program, also bundled 
with hardware, is Elan Performer 2. Previously avail- 
able separately, the program is now bundled with 
NewTek's DigiView still digitizer in a package called 
MediaStation (S249.95). Its interface provides a sen- 
sible representation of the .Amiga keyboard. You assign 
images, animations, and sounds to individual keys by 
clicking on them with the mouse. On-screen dialogue 
boxes and buttons list directories and files lor selection, 
and define the appropriate options for timing, loop- 
ing, and so on. The program allows especially quick 
presentation construction, and assigning individual or 
groups of elements to keys provides interesting (if lim- 
ited) interactive potential. The same scheme also of- 
fers nearly immediate nonlinear access to file play, 
which encourages such intriguing applications as real- 
time video production with genlock and audio over- 
lays, possibly without scripting or sequencing. 

I think that TV*Show (S99.95, Zuma Group), was 
the first Amiga program to specialize in presentations. 
Even now its use of icons to craft productions and sel- 
ect among a set of the most common screen transitions 
keeps it a credible contender for those wanting easy, 
reliable performance, and reasonable creative options 
with minimal fuss. 

Zuma's companion titling program, TV*Texl Pro- 
fessional (SI 69.95), is optimized for quickly building 
satisfying screens. With surprising ease, you can gen- 
erate a wide variety of special text effects and combine 
them with practical graphics and backgrounds from 
within the program, from other sources, or both. The 
overscan capabilities of both programs are a useful 
feature for recording to video. 

In terms of creating strictly still-image presentations, 
the most complete and adapted package is probably 
Presentation Master (S299.95, Oxxi). This is a profes-* 



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SOFT W A R E 




sional-level product for creating, producing, and man- 
aging not only slide shows, but also important support 
material and hardcopy output such as speaker's notes, 
audience handouts, and storyboards. 

Using scalable fonts, structured objects, automated 
charts and graphs, and 24-bit color, Presentation Mas- 
ter generates high-quality slides and images. These 
are suitable for display on Amiga systems, for Post- 
Script output to laser printers, and for output to film 
recorders. Presentations can be linear or interactive. 

For more dynamic multimedia presentations, Scala 
has taken a leading position alongside Amiga Vision. 
The latest version, Scala Multimedia 200 ($495, Scala 
Inc.), takes the program beyond its prior bounds of 
presentation into the broader interactive arena. This 
is evident by the new Lingo scripting language, which 
can invisibly drive productions created solely through 
the graphical user interface. Lingo can also be accessed 
via ARexx or directly with a text editor. 

Scala's wider scope is also seen in its new EX mod- 
ules, which seamlessly support laserdisc players, Canon 
still-video, MIDI, Soundtracker/DSS sound, CDTV, 
and more. Additional EX modules are planned. 

Scala's display transitions have been improved to 
rival the very best on the Amiga in both speed and 
effect. An innovative technique of timing, accurate 
internally to milliseconds, is so flexible that simple 
mouse clicks register cues in real-time to accommo- 
date intuitive, analog synchronization of most pro- 
duction elements. SnapLoad — a method of pre- 
loading, dynamic and static buffering, and 
proprietary 32-bit formatting — speeds up graphic 
display and lets you play very large animations (even 
digitized video) directly from disk, unhindered by 
RAM limitations. 

Hierarchical interactivity supports variable and con- 
ditional branching. You can define "hit spots" easily 
and simply, to allow triggering choices of actions. You 
can multitask additional applications programs and 
employ ARexx for interprocess communication. 

The program design is clean and responsive. A new 
Shuffler interface lets you reorganize productions by 
moving reduced screen representations. Scala still 
comes with a nice collection of elegant fonts and stun- 
ning background textures. Unfortunately, a hardware 
"key" or (dongle) must be installed in a mouse port for 
the program to run. While the dongle does pass the 
port through, it is one of the most inconvenient and 
imposing forms of copy-protection — a big disappoint- 
ment, even if understandable. 

A superset of Scala is InfoChannel, with features for 
multiple distributed displays and unattended perfor- 
mance. 

On the Way. . . 

The Blue Ribbon SoundWorhs has announced another 
entrant in the multimedia genre, Bars&Pipes Pro- 
fessional 2.0. which I looked at in beta stage. Not just 
a music-sequencer any more, the inclusion of a mod- 
ule called Media Madness empowers Bars&Pipes with 
multimedia control within its tracks framework. This 
is effected with various new Tools, all of which can be 
configured separately. There are Tools devoted to 
NewTek's Video Toaster, GVP's G-Lock genlock and 
IV-24 board, Digital Creations' SuperGen, SunRize's 



AD516 and AD1012 audio boards, and video equip- 
ment through interfacing with Interactive Micro-Sys- 
tems' MediaPhile. Accessory modules synchronize me- 
dia elements among other products, including Scala, 
Impulse's Imagine and Activa's Real3D modelers, and 
Blue Ribbon's own SyncPro sync box. Advanced MIDI 
and SMITE options are available, too. 

You can save multimedia productions in Media 
Madness format and perform them using the freely 
distributable Player program. Bars & Pipes' .attractive 
graphical interface is widely considered effective, and 
these new dimensions to the program fit right in. 

Eagle Tree Software characterizes Helm, which is 
not yet shipping at this writing, as an economical but 
able package for creating productivity applications 
(called Books) via a scripting language (called Breeze). 
Notable image-processing routines, as found in Eagle 
Tree's popular Butcher program, are included as tools 
along with image editors. The firm promises several 
example applications and two full disks of clip art will 
accompany the release. 

According to developer 1001 Software Development, 
the upcoming Medial. ink 3.0, will be close to Scala's 
InfoChannel in terms of purpose ancl capabilities. 
Press literature promises InoChannel's functions, and 
a large number of other features. Claiming develop- 
mental roots going back to 1988 and worldwide com- 
mercial installations, the company hopes for superior 
performance and lists almost exhaustive resources, in- 
cluding support for: "all popular 24-bit cards," VCRs, 
and many other devices; Z-modem protocol for 
transplatform screen editing; and data-broadcast via 
table, network and/or satellite using "the upper lines 
of TV signals" for remote access and updating. 

And finally, Knowledge Media continues to work on 
Viva II, which promises an object-oriented approach 
to developing multimedia productions, including in- 
teractive presentations, "media databases," and even 
full applications. 

Defining Multimedia 

This wide diversity of multimedia packages poses a 
challenging, hologrammatic mosaic of criteria for com- 
parison. Evaluating programs is extremely relative: 
There are no fixed, objective ratings with which to 
measure them. Many developers promote their prod- 
ucts aggressively, but ambiguously, as multimedia — 
with liberal use of terms like "revolutionary" and "com- 
plete." As you have seen, though, there are actually 
many shades of meanings. Depending on your partic- 
ular needs, you might find packages not marketed for 
multimedia — including such game-development pack- 
ages as Europress' AMOS, Oxxi's Aegis Visionary, and 
so on — helpful. 

What's sure is that there are abundant, powerful, 
and ever-expanding choices. If you want multimedia, 
you're definitely in the right ring. So, now, on with the 
show! ■ 

Christopher Kohler is an independent marketing profession- 
al, and tin author, speaker, and consultant on multimedia 
topics. A long-time professional Amiga user, he was former- 
ly a Commodore executive and, as such, was responsible for 
creative multimedia and was instrumental in developing the 
company's own use of these applications. 



40 April 1993 



THE POWER OF 




PRESENTATION 





How you deliver your multimedia presentation 

is just as important as its contents 

Here are some essential do's 

and don't' s for preparing 

yourself for an effective 

presentation. 



nly a few years ago, it seemed in- 
conceivable 10 man}' people that the 
Amiga could be successfully employed 
as a presentation machine, replacing the 
overhead projector, slide viewer, and flip chart 
in one fell swoop. Today, Amigas sit at the front of 
many classrooms, boardrooms, and, yes, even users' group meet- 
ing halls, ready and eager to provide audio-visual assistance to 
group speakers. 

You may be like many Amigans who have received a lot 
of advice on the mechanics of creating graphics, using en- 
coders, displaying text in NTSC, and so on, but have limited 
experience speaking before a group. Multimedia is not just graphics and video, so let's take a look at some often 
neglected elements of winning and memorable presentations. 

Keep the Audience Informed 

Your first order of business when speaking to a group should always be to let the audience know what, and how much, 
to expect. Design the first graphic to outline the two to four major points in your discussion. (If you use more than 
four main points, your speech won't appear focused.) This is a good time to tell them how long you plan to talk. Re- 
member: You can't hope to keep the group's attention if people expect you to talk for 30 minutes, but you ramble 
on for an hour. Another useful technique is to tell the crowd which main point you intend to spend the most time 
on. Put yourself in the place of an audience that sits patiently through twenty minutes of a supposed thirty-minute i 



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PRESENTATIONS 



speech, only to see that the speaker has two more ma- 
jor points to go! If your last point will take only a brief 
time to discuss, let them know. It works. 

The Body Visual 

One of the most important visual aids you have at 
your disposal, Amiga notwithstanding, is yourself. You 
are a valuable tool for getting your message across, 
and you can likewise have a disastrous effect on the 
group's attention span if you don't think about bow 
to use your body. 

What separates a good public speaker from a bad 
one? More often than not, it is simply body language. 
A relaxed speaker puts the audience at ease and makes 
the information flow a little easier. It takes only a lit- 




A relaxed speaker puts the 
audience at ease. . . [your 
hands] make nifty visual aids. 
Use them to convey normal 
body motions. . . " 



modore so thoughtfully supplied with your computer. 
The cord is not likely to be long enough, so buy a long 
extension cable that will allow you to move around the 
floor as much as you please. Ideally, clip the mouse to 
your belt or put it in your pocket so that your hands 
are free to convey all that nifty body motion we dis- 
cussed. An arguably better solution is to purchase a 
cordless mouse. Because they have a limited range 
(about six feet), you will still need an extension cord 
to get the IR receiver into the middle of the room, but 
you and the mouse are no longer tethered to the Ami- 
ga like a space-walking cosmonaut. 

I do not recommend that you use a timer-based 
script style such as AmigaVision (Commodore) or 
Deluxe Video III oiler. While there are no mice to car- 
ry or helpers to talk to, remember 
that if you become slowed down due 
to questions, embellishments, or war 
stories, your audio/visuals will march 
right along without you. 



tie conscious effort to convey natural body language, 
so think about the way you earn' yourself ahead of 
time. Don't clasp your hands, either in front or behind 
you. Your hands are attached to your arms for a good 
reason: They make nifty visual aids. Use them to con- 
vey normal body motions, as if you were conversing 
with another person in private conversation. Many 
people think that body motion is supposed to be rigid 
during public speaking, but nothing could be further 
from the truth. 

While we're talking about natural body motion, how 
about props? Some people love to pick things up — 
their notes, a pointing stick, chalk, or a marker — and 
keep a deathgrip on them throughout the speech. 
While props may come in handy on occasion, it is best 
to keep your hands empty. Put your prop down as 
soon as you are clone with it, lest the audience pay 
more attention to your Hailing pointer than what you 
are saying. 

Next Slide, Please 

You will likely be using your Amiga to drive graphics, 
so an appropriate question arises: How do I advance 
slides and animations as inconspicuously as possible? 
Some folks opt to have a helper nearby to whom they 
repeatedly utter the phrase, "next slide, please." 
There are few things you can do, aside from running 
your fingernails down a blackboard, to annoy a crowd 
more quickly. 

Software such as Elan Performer (now sold as part 
of NewTek's Digi-View MediaStation) and Deluxe 
Video III (Electronic Arts) allow you to advance graph- 
ics endrelv from the mouse, so use that rodent Com- 



EXTEMPORANEOUSLY SPEAKING 
While all this is going on, where 
should you be standing? Not behind 
a podium, that's for sure. Get out 
into the middle of the room and 
move around. If you hide behind a 
barrier like the podium, you are, in 
effect, telling your audience that the;' 
aren't important enough to talk to 
directly. But wait, I know you're say- 
ing, "If I move around, and don't 
cany my notes with me, how am I 
supposed to remember what to say?" Well, ibis is called 
extemporaneous speaking. All that means is that you 
are neither repeating the speech from memory nor 
reading it word for word from a set of index cards. 
Ideally, you have practiced the speech often enough 
(three or four times) that you know essentially what 
needs to be said. Leave the notes on the corner of a 
table or the podium, and walk over to them when you 
need to refer to some aspect of your speech. 

Extemporaneous speaking is a better method then 
rote memorization because the latter lacks sincerity 
and leaves you vulnerable to — you guessed it — forget- 
ting something. If you forget even a little, the results 
are often disastrous because you've built a memorized 
speech like a house of cards: Pull one out and it all falls 
down. Likewise, reading directly from notes has its 
own pitfalls: It, too, lacks sincerity, and if you're look- 
ing down at your index cards, you aren't looking at 
your audience. 

Turn up the Feedback 

The last point brings up another important matter. 
Where do you look when speaking? Many people tend 
to look at the first row of the audience, or only at cer- 
tain people they know well. Others rely on something 
they were told to do in high school; that is, they look 
past the audience, over people's heads — speaking, in 
effect, to the back wall. On the surface, this technique 
seems effective because you don't actually have to look 
at anybody — great if you are nervous — while appear- 
ing to make contact somewhere in the audience. Un- 
fortunately, everybody can tell that you aren't looking 
at anything but the wallpaper. It lacks — and here's that i 



42 April 1993 



SCALA 

Everybody's talking multimedia revolution. 
Allow us to light the fuse. 



A lot of apples were bruised 
when we first introduced 
Scala, the professional pres- 
entation package. 
With the new Scala 
MultiMedia MM200, they 
will be blown into oblivion! 

Let us introduce a few of the 
features that make Scala 
MM200 combined with the 
Amiga the world's most 
powerful multimedia 
environment: 



Scala EX 

A revolutionary new plug & 
play system, for the inte- 
gration of laserdisk, still 
video, MIDI, or CDTV sound 
in your Scala presentation. 
Extra EX'es, such as 24 bit 
graphic support and VCR 
control are also available. 



| Scala Wipes 

More than 80 amazing, 
smooth and professional 
transitions provide possi- 
bilities previously unseen on 
the Amiga. 

Scala Sound 

Enhance your presentations 

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with your audience and get the message across. 

The best approach is simply to look at the people 
you're addressing. Look at their faces and into their eyes. 
Make eye contact. .And don't just look at the first row, or 
at your friends in the middle. Look at everybody, by 
moving your head from time to time. Get die front, back, 
and corners; don't leave anybody out. There are several 
benefits to this. First, people tend to listen better when 
they have eye contact with die person speaking to them. 
Second, they are less likely to doze off during the pre- 
sentation if they know that the speaker is looking at each 
individual member of the audience, even if it is for only 
a few seconds at a time. Finally, if you are nervous, look- 
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Reading directly from notes 
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with someone, the)' are almost certainly going to give you 
positive feedback — small nods, smiles, and so forth. This 
feedback will put you at ease a lot faster dian staring at 
the back door or your notes. 

How else can you foster feedback with jour audi- 
ence? One obvious way is to simply ask them ques- 
tions. There are several kinds of queries, the most 
common of which are rhetorical, directed, and re- 
verse. The rhetorical question needs little explana- 
tion, except to say that you should strive to make the 
question clearly rhetorical. Otherwise, you open your- 
self up to the possibility of having someone else an- 
swer your own question, thereby derailing your train 
of thought. 

Directed questions are generally the most useful. 
They can be directed to an individual whom you think 
is likely to know the right answer, or to the audience 
in general. Be sure, though, to give the recipient suf- 
ficient time to think and respond. What seems like an 
eternity on stage is often less than a few short seconds. 
If you don't believe that, stage a practice speech with 
some friends and videotape yourself. You'll be sur- 
prised at how often you cut off a potential respondent 
after only a brief moment because you were sure time 
had been dragging on to embarrassing lengths. 

Finally, the reverse question, if applied with tact, 
can be a very effective means of drawing the audience 
into an active role in the speech. If someone were to 
ask, "I still don't understand why HAM mode creates 
such fringing," you could lead them through the solu- 
tion step by step, asking them such questions as, "How 
many bitplanes are available in a lo-res screen?" If you 
get the questioner to come up with the answers him- 



self, so to speak, not only will that person understand 
your point better, but so will others in the group who 
were also confused but didn't ask. 

Pre-Flight Checklist 

The final items that need to be addressed are your vi- 
sual aids themselves. Leave nothing to chance, partic- 
ularly if you are delivering a presentation to your boss 
or to potential clients. As a general rule, friends at a 
users' group meeting will tolerate some technical 
glitches, but people who are paying you won't. There 
are several tilings you should do. 

First, don't ignore the obvious: Spell check every- 
thing! Nothing will damage your credibility faster 
than an introduction screen proclaiming in bold Lara 
fonts, "Today's Topiks:". 

Next, limit the text on any one 
screen. Split verbose screens up 
into multiple entries, as dense text 
is difficult and distracting to read 
from a distance. On the same note, 
font size and style are critical. If 
you are going to output your slides 
on a television, don't use fonts 
smaller than 20-point size or those 
with single-pixel widths. They'll get 
lost in the video. Be sure to test 
your slides in the actual presenta- 
tion hall, lest you discover that 
even your 30-pointers are too small 
to be digested comfortably in the 
rear of the room. As you are prob- 
ably quite aware, keep an eye on 
your palette, as well, to avoid those ultra-saturated col- 
ors the Amiga is capable of generating. They bleed all 
over video and look terrible. 

If you can, test the presentation ahead of time on 
the actual system you plan co use. Some inexpensive 
genlocks aren't happy unless they have a live video 
feed while they are running; you can discover this be- 
forehand or wait until the start of your speech — it's 
your choice. Some esoteric video-projection systems 
even reverse the video image left to right when pro- 
jected onto a big screen. Preplanning will save your 
skin. It allows you to judge color saturation, font size, 
and clarity of graphics and animations. And it also 
gives you an opportunity to scope out the room and 
decide where to put the television/projection system, 
where to stand, and how you can circulate through 
the room without blocking the audience's view of the 
Amiga's display. 

So, the next time your supervisor, users' group pres- 
ident, or stamp collecting club asks you to put togeth- 
er "a little presentation" with your Amiga for the next 
meeting, consider yourself armed with not just the 
world's best multimedia machine, but also with some 
mechanical knowledge on giving a great speech. A fit- 
tic practice, common sense, and a tiny bit of graphic 
skill will go quite a long way towards making your next 
speech a hit. ■ 

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timedia With the Amiga, and is a frequent contributor to 
Amiga publications. Write to him r/o AmigaWorld, Editor- 
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ADVANCED 




hile some Amiga owners are still trying to catch up 
with Workbench 2.0, Commodore has forget! ahead 
with versions 2.1 and 3.0 of the Amiga operating 
system. On the surface, these versions may not look 
very different from 2.0, but on closer examination, 
one can see that they represent a substantial level 
of evolutionary change ancl refinement. As 3.0 has 
generated a great deal of interest because ofits as- 
sociation with the new AGA Amigas, we'll examine 
that version first and then follow up with a look at 
the 2.1 enhancements. 
AmigaDOS 3.0, introduced with the A4000, cou- 



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tains all of the features of 2.1, of course, and then 
some. The main reason that Commodore released 
Kickstart and Workbench 3.0 at about the same time 
as 2. 1 was to support the Advanced Graphics Archi- 
tecture (AGA) of the Amiga 4000 and the A1200. 
While 3.0 contains some non-AGA-related im- 
provements as well, so many of the changes are spe- 
cific to the new' hardware that Commodore has not 
announced an}' plans to release a 3.0 upgrade For 
the A500, A2000, or A3000. For owners of these 
pre-AGA machines, 2.1 may be the last upgrade, at 
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AmigaDOS 3.0 



WHAT BENEFITS WILL Amiga owners who join the AGA 
generation receive from version 3.0 of the operating system? 
In two words, better graphics, A quick look at the ScreenMode 
Preference editor reveals some important changes. First, you 
can set all of the old Workbench display modes to a maximum 
of 256 colors out of a palette of 16.7 million, including the var- 
ious SuperHiRes and Productivity modes, which on an ECS ma- 
chine can display only four colors out of 64. Second, there are 
a couple of Dew monitor types, DBLNTSC and DBLPAL, which 
provide a 640x400 and 640x512 noninterlaced display on 
VGA-compatible monitors. These modes are similar to the 
640X480 Productivity mode, but provide a larger overscan area. 



The drawback to using new noninterlaced modes instead of 
deinterlacing the old modes the way the A3000 did is that you 
somehow have to get your programs to come up in one of the 
new modes. Programs that run on die Workbench screen don't 
present any problem, but those that open their own custom 
screen aren't likely to support the new modes yet. Until ap- 
plications "learn" about the new modes, there is a setting in 
the [Control Preference editor that can offer a helpful work- 
around. When you turn on its Mode Promotion button, ap- 
plications that open interlaced screens will get the "scan-doub- 
led" noninterlaced equivalents, unless they specifically ask for 
interlaced by using a new Mode ID. Also of assistance here is i 

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DoubleX, a public-domain utility program that goes 
even one step further, converting all requests to open 
an NTSC or PAL screen into a request to open the 
"doubled" equivalent. 

Even with all this help, however, you still cannot set 
up a new A-4000 or Al 200 system with just a VGA mon- 
itor because the default graphics mode is either NTSC 
or PAL — neither of which will display on such a moni- 
tor. Also, you will not be able to play self-booting games 
or use the boot menu {described below) on such a sys- 
tem, because they also use the default graphics mode. 

.Another way in which 3.0 helps to promote display 
compatibility is with new boot-menu items. The boot 
menu appears when you hold down both mouse but- 
tons as you turn the computer on. The 3.0 boot menu 
has a Display Options section that allows you to choose 
which graphics chip set to emulate: "Original," "En- 
hanced," or "Best Available" (which in the case of the 
current A4000 or A1200 means "AGA"). By default, the 
chips power tip in Original mode to help provide com- 
patibility with programs that are not AGA-aware. The 
boot menu also allows you to select PAL or NTSC as 
your initial graphics mode, which finally provides an 
easy way for North American Amiga owners to boot in 
PAL mode in order to play European games. 

More AGA Enhancements 

In addition to the ScreenMode editor, other system 
programs have been updated to support new AGA fea- 
tures. The Pointer Preference editor now supports hi- 
res sprites, allowing you to use a much smaller mouse 
pointer than the rather large default one. The pro- 
gram also allows you to load images from and save 
them to the Clipboard. The WB Pattern Preference ed- 
itor allows you to use an IFF picture file as the back- 
ground that appears behind the Workbench window 
(this is known as "wallpaper" in' Microsoft Windows). 
And the Printer device and printer driver files have 
been updated, allowing you to print pictures created 
in the new eight-bit HAM mode, which can display up 
to 262,000 colors at once. 

With 256-color Workbench screens and a 1 6-million 
color palette now available, the Palette editor obvi- 
ously needed an overhaul, and Commodore has re- 
sponded in a manner that paxes the way for future 
graphics enhancements. Instead of the old red, blue, 
and green sliders, the new Palette editor provides a col- 
or wheel that lets you pick the shade, and a luminance 
slider that lets you choose the brightness of that shade 
(a common method for selecting 24-bit colors). 

More significantly, the Palette editor allows you to 
select colors for a maximum of only eight color regis- 
ters, even if you've set your Workbench screen to 256 
colors. This was done to help implement a new palette- 
sharing scheme, which will allow several applications 
to appear on the Workbench screen (or other public 
screen) at the same time, each using its own color 
scheme. Instead of asking for a particular color regis- 
ter, an application may simply ask for, sav, the closest 
color to a particular shade of green. Allowing appli- 
cations to ask for colors, rather than hardware color 
registers, is just one of the steps taken in 3.0 towards 
a retargettable graphics (RTG) system. When RTG is 
fully implemented, perhaps in AmigaDOS 4.0, con- 
ventional applications will be able to run on special 
display boards, such as DMI's Vivid24 or Centaur's 



Opalvision, without requiring a new version of the soft- 
ware for each board. 

And on Other Fronts . . . 

Aside from its AGA support, Workbench 3.0 also 
moves the Amiga operating system more firmly into 
the object-oriented camp. There's a new Classes draw- 
er to hold files that support standard object-class types, 
and a Datatypes drawer to hold files that provide a 
standard method of dealing with various data objects. 
This means that in the future, applications programs 
will be able to ask the system to help them read and 
write a wide variety of data files, without each program 
having to implement support for all of them individ- 
ually. It will also make the Clipboard device more use- 
ful, since eveiy program will have an easy method for 
displaying the contents of a clipboard. 

The prime example of this type of application is 
MultiView, a new "display" program in the Ltilities 
drawer that replaces More (the old text viewer), Dis- 
play- (the old graphics viewer), and AmigaGuide (the 
old hypertext viewer), and also acts as an IFF sound 
player. The ability to handle all of these types of data 
is not actually built into MultiView; when it receives a 
request to deal with a particular type of file, it passes 
thai request on to the appropriate datatype object. 
This means that as developers come up with addi- 
tional datatype files for different types of data (such 
as ANIMs, for example), MultiView will be able to dis- 
play these files, as well. 

In the "also-of-interest" category, the new Mouse- 
Blanker commodity make that pesky mouse pointer in- 
visible while you're typing, so it doesn't cover up your 
work. A new directory-caching (tie system option 
speeds up (loppy disks, but makes them unreadable on 
pre-3.0 systems. There are even a couple of new CLI 
commands to make scripts more user-friendly. The 
RequestChoice command lets the script display a stan- 
dard requester to accept input from the user, while the 
RcquestFile program allows the script to accept a file- 
name from the user by displaying a standard system- 
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FOR THE NON-AGA Amiga crowd, Workbench 2.1 
adds a number of features that did not quite make it 
into 2.0 because of deadline pressures. Many of these 
changes reflect a growing awareness of the interna- 
tional nature of the Amiga. Language localization now 
allows the user to select the language in which the text 
of Workbench programs appears. The standard 2.1 
version supports English, French, Spanish, Portu- 
guese. Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, and 
Norwegian, and the new system makes it easy for lo- 
cal Commodore affiliates to create versions for other 
languages also. The language-localization system also 
makes it easier for independent software vendors to 
provide multilingual support in their applications. 

Easy Iconography 

Workbench 2.1 also continues the trend of providing 
icon-based methods ol performing tasks that former- 
ly required the use of CLI commands. The DEVS di- 
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ers for each of the user-selectable device types: 
Keymaps, Printers. Monitors, and DOSDrivers. Driver 
files that are not currently in use are warehoused in the 
Storage drawer, which has the same subdirectories as 
the DEVS drawer. 

Along with its move to the DEVS drawer, Monitors 
picked up a trio of new entries in 2.1 — Euro36, Euro72 
and Super72 — all of which provide a higher (70 Hz) 
vertical refresh rate for less flickering even in inter- 
laced modes. Euro36 and Euro72 are for NTSC/PAL 
and VGA monitors, respectively, while Super72 pro- 
vides multiscan monitor owners with an 800x600 in- 
terlaced mode (see this month's installment of the 
"Digging in to DOS" series (p. 55) for more on the new 
monitor drivers). 

The new DOSDrivers drawer allows users to auto- 
matically mount optional system devices, such as the 
recoverable RAM disk, by dragging an icon instead of 
adding a MOUNT command to a startup script. Icons 
are provided for existing devices such as PIPE:, AUX:, 
and RAD:, as well as for a couple of new ones — PC0: 
and PCI: These last two signal an exciting new de- 
velopment, the integration of CrossDOS into the 
Workbench. 

CrossDOS, an MS-DOS file system licensed by Com- 
modore from ConsultTOn, allows you to read and write 
MS-DOS disks front any Amiga application as if they 
were AmigaDOS disks. When you mount PCQ: (either 
by double-clicking its icon or dragging it into the 
DOSDrivers drawer where it will be automatically 
mounted on startup), you can insert an IBM-format- 
ted 720K 3.5-inch floppy disk into the internal drive 
and read text files that were written on it by a PC — sim- 
ply by clicking on the "PC0:" gadget in your word- 
processing program's Hie requester. 

Similarly, you can save a spreadsheet in Lotus .WKS 
format directly to PC0:, and then take that disk to a 
PC and load the spreadsheet into Lotus 1-2-3. This 
doesn't mean, of course, that you can run IBM pro- 
grams from the disks. (Consultron sells a separate ver- 
sion of CrossDOS — 5.0; $59.95 — that includes Cross- 
PC, an emulator program that allows you to do just 
that.) It does mean, however, that you can easily trans- 
fer the work that those programs do (the text files, 
picture files, and other kinds of data files) between the 
two systems. For large files, CrossDOS can be made to 
work with IBM-format external hard drives or remov- 
able-media hard drives. 

Users of 2. 1 will be pleased to note that some of the 
supporting programs have been changed to accom- 
modate the system enhancements. The standard For- 
mal program, for instance, now supports CrossDOS 
disks (just double-click Format and select "PCO:" or 
whatever other CrossDOS device you have mounted). 
It also lets you type ill volume name, create a Trash- 
can icon (or not), and select the FastFileSystem or "In- 
ternational" mode, which recognizes filenames with 
any of the accented characters. Another example of 
change is the Time Preference editor, which now uses 
the local time and date format of the country selected 
by the Locale Preference editor. 

More Additions . . . and Deletions 

Speaking of Preference editors, 2.1 adds a couple of 
new ones. The Sound editor allows you to replace the 
system screen flash (which programs use when they 



want to signal an error) with either a beep or a sam- 
pled sound of your choice. New also is the PrinterPS 
Preference editor, which lets you control a number of 
features of the new Postscript printer drivers, includ- 
ing the text font and size, print orientation (portrait 
or landscape), and graphics imaging. 

The 2. 1 Tools drawer also sports some new programs. 
The Lacer program causes the display to be interlaced, 
regardless of the current graphics mode, in order to 
provide a more compatible television-style video signal 
for genlock users, and for those who take advantage of 
the AGOO's and Al 200's composite color outputs to send 
Amiga graphics straight to their VCRs. Another new 
program is PrepCard, which helps configure the ex- 
pansion cards that lit into the new PCMCIA expansion 
slot on the A600 and A1200. Finally, the ShowConfig 
program provides an easy way for the nontechnical users 
to determine the type of processor present in their sys- 
tems, the amount of memory, the version of the custom 
chips, the Kickstart version, and the number and types 
of expansion boards that are installed. 

Within the Tools drawer, you'll also find that the 
Commodities drawer has a couple of new additions. 
"Hie CrossDOS commodity allows you to select text fil- 
tering and text translation when reading and writing 
files to IBM-format disks. Although not new, the FKey 
commodity has been updated to include a number of 
new functions. In addition to inserting a string of text, 
you can now designate key combinations to cycle 
through windows or screens; to shrink, enlarge, or tog- 
gle the size of the current window 7 : and to run a pro- 
gram or ARexx script. Since FKey now performs all of 
the functions formerly provided by the I Help com- 
modity, that program has now been deleted. 

Speaking of deletions, all of the changes to 2.1 
were not additions. The DiskDoctor command, a 
disk-recovery program that was both unreliable and 
hard to use, was removed from the C: directory (the 
official reason cited by Commodore documentation 
is "malpractice"). More seriously, the Narrator device 
and the Translator library, which in previous versions 
had been licensed from an independent developer, 
were omitted from versions 2.1 and higher, along 
with handlers for the Speak: device, and the Say pro- 
gram that resided in the Utilities drawer. Fortunate- 
ly, the 2.0 versions of these programs function cor- 
rectly under 2.1, and updating to 2.1 from 2.0 will 
leave them intact on your hard drive if they were al- 
ready installed. 

WHILE NEW AMIGA models have been making most 
of the news lately, it is just as important for the system 
software to evolve as for the hardware to become more 
powerful. With advances like internationalization, ob- 
ject orientation, and a more open graphics architec- 
ture, the Amiga operating-system software has been 
doing an excellentjob of keeping up with progress on 
the hardware end. No doubt there will be even greater 
surprises in store as we move towards 3.1 and 4.0. ■ 

Sheldon Leemon, a respected authority on the Amiga, has re- 
cently finished the fourth edition of AmigaDOS Reference 
Guide (Compute! Books), a guide to using the CLl under op- 
erating system releases 2 and 3. He is also the author of a 
series on AmigaDOS release 2, "Digging in to DOS," cur- 
rently running in AW. 



50 April 1993 




of Amiga Fonts 







WHEN THE AMI- 
GA was first re- 
leased, finding and 
using fonts with 
your favorite appli- 
cations was about as 
complicated as fool- 
ing with alphabet 
blocks in a nursery 
school. Since there 
was basically only 
one format avail- 
able — of the single- 
color bitmapped va- 
riety — choosing new 
fonts was a plug- 
and-plav operation. 

Today, finding appropriate fonts for your favorite ap- 
plications can make you feel like a medieval typesetter 
rummaging through a dimly lit print shop stacked with 
hundreds of different drawers of type. Bitmapped loins 
are still the most popular fonts on the Amiga, joined by 
a wide variety of colorful (and often incompatible) 
bitmap formats. New outline font formats offer superi- 
or printed output, but suffer from similar compatibility 
problems and sluggish operation on slower Amigas. Al- 



■ 



though astonishing 
Strides have been 
made in the quan- 
tity, quality, and di- 
versity of Amiga 
fonts, users may 
now find making 
sense out of this 
newfound profu- 
sion to be a little 
confusing. 

How can we shed 
some light on the 
currently murky 
state of Amiga fonts 
confronting uniniti- 
ated Amiga users? 
Armed with some basic font facts and a handful of share- 
ware utilities. Amiga owners can learn to get the most 
out of their font collections and successfully obtain and 
use new fonts. In the following sections, we'll briefly dis- 
cuss and describe each of the major Amiga font formats 
and how they differ, and also present a few commercial 
and shareware offerings for each. Finally, we'll reveal a 
few helpful hints on getting new fonts, using fonts from 
other platforms, and getting the most out of the fonts P- 



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Don't let the profusion of new Amiga font formats and technologies lead 
to confusion. Let's go back to basics and get your "font facts" straight. 

By JEFF JAMES 



ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN S. DYKES 



AmigaWorld 51 



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you already have. (Editor's Note: In its May and June is- 
sues, AmigaWorld wilt follow up the overview of fonts pre- 
sented here with a comprehensive, two-part "Buyer's Guide 
to Amiga Fouls.") 

Bitmapped Amiga Fonts 

There are basically two types of fonts available for use 
on the Amiga: bitmapped fonts and outline fonts. Each 
employs a different technology in the creation of a font. 

Bitmapped fonts are the oldest (and still most pop- 
ular) type of fonts. A good example of a bitmapped 
font is Topaz, a font that has been bundled with the 
Amiga since the earliest releases of AmigaDOS. 
Bitmapped fonts are created by using an organized 
matrix of dots, with each font size requiring a separate 
matrix (represented by files for each font size). If you 
can imagine creating a font by filling in squares on a 
sheet of graph paper, you'll have a good idea of what 
bitmapped fonts are all about. 

On the positive side, bitmapped fonts are the easi- 
est Amiga fonts to use and have a minimal effect on sys- 
tem performance. Drawbacks to using bitmapped fonts 
include the degradation in font resolution when the 
font is stretched, enlarged, or twisted — resulting in 
jagged edges ("jaggies") and poor print quality. 
Bitmapped fonts also require a font file for every font 
size, resulting in a great expenditure of storage space 
when large number of fonts are involved. AmigaDOS 
2.0 added a limited bitmapped-font scaling capabili- 
ty, although the poor print quality of bitmapped fonts 
remains a concern. 

There are three major types of Amiga bitmapped 
font formats: 

1. Standard Amiga Bitmapped Fonts 

The most common type of Amiga fonts, standard 
bitmapped fonts have been used since the introduction 
of the Amiga back in 1985. Most of the fonts included 
with your Amiga when you first purchase it are of this 
variety. Notable among these are the precious gem- 
stone collection of fonts (Topaz, Sapphire, Ruby, et. al.) 
familiar to so many Amiga users. There are literally 
hundreds of different bitmapped fonts available, and 
many of these are offered through shareware and the 
public domain. One of the more popular commercial 
offerings is the Masterpiece Font Collection (S 1 99.95, 
ARock Computer Software), which offers a whopping 
1 10 bitmapped fonts in a 20-disk set. Although still the 
most popular form of Amiga fonts, standard Amiga 
bitmapped fonts are starting to lose out to ColorFonts 
for video/animation use, and outline fonts for most 
printed applications. 

2. ColorFonts 

A variation on standard Amiga bitmapped fonts, 
ColorFonts contain additional font information al- 
lowing them to make use of up to 16 colors per foul. 
Until the release of AmigaDOS 2.0, you were re- 
quired to run a small utility before these fonts could 
be used. .Although not quite as widely used as stan- 
dard Amiga fonts, ColorFonts are perfect for special 
graphic and video applications. Some of the more 
popular commercial ColorFont packages are Kara 
Fonts — Headlines, now available in volumes 1 
through 4 (S79.95 each, Kara Computer Graphics). A 
novel twist on the ColorFont standard, AnimFonts, 



when used with an animbrush-compatible program 
such as Electronic Arts' DeluxePaint IV, can be col- 
orfully animated. A popular AnimFonts package is 
Kara Fonts — AnimFonts 1 (S49.95, Kara Computer 
Graphics). 

3. Miscellaneous Bitmapped Formats 

In addition to standard fonts and ColorFonts, pro- 
prietary color bitmapped fonts are used bv a number 
of companies — particularly those that produce video- 
titling software. NewTek's Video Toaster makes use of 
such fonts (ToasterFonts), as do Broadcast Titler 2 
(S389.95, InnoVision Technology) and Pro Video Post 
(S269.95, Shereff Systems). Most of these packages in- 
clude a font-conversion utility that allows users to trans- 
form standard Amiga fonts into a format usable by 
that particular program. 

Popular third-party font packages for the Video 
Toaster include Cinnamon Toast Fonts (S99.95, Sher- 
eff Systems) and Kara Fonts — Toaster Fonts {$99.95, 
Kara Computer Graphics). 

Outline (Structure!)) Fonts 

Outline (sometimes called vector) fonts are, more pre- 
cisely speaking, structured fonts and are created in an 
entirelv different fashion than bitmapped fonts. While 
a bitmapped font must have a font file for each point 
size, structured fonts are defined by lines and curves. 
If you want a new font size, structured fonts can easily 
be rescaled on the lly to match the size you need. And 
while bitmapped fonts become distorted when 
stretched or twisted, structured fonts remain peifectlv 
smooth. The biggest drawback to using structured 
fonts is their slow speed: Because each structured type- 
face is defined by a geometric formula, slower ma- 
chines will have trouble keeping up with the process- 
ing power required to display these fonts. 

I. Compugrop/ii'c Outline Fonts 

With the release of AmigaDOS 2.0, the Amiga now 
offers inherent support for type giant Agfa-Compu- 
graphic's outline-font technologv. Popular in both the 
MS-DOS and Macintosh markets. Agfa-Compugraph- 
ic typefaces print smoothly on any output device. This 
format has the potential to replace standard Amiga 
bitmapped fonts as the new, default Coin standard fin- 
most Amiga owners. .Although using diem is still slow- 
er than using conventional fonts, the output is far su- 
perior. Gold Disk offers several Compugraphic font 
packages, including Publisher Pack (S59.95), which 
contains three outline typefaces. 

2. PostScript Outline Fonts 

PostScript Type 1 and 3 outline fonts are the desk- 
top publisher's fonts of choice on MS-DOS and Mac- 
intosh computer systems. Type 1 fonts are "hinted" 
fonts, which means thai the fonts include additional in- 
formation to help the fonts render crisply at small 
point sizes. Type 3 fonts lack this information; gener- 
ally, it's best to use PostScript Type 1 fonts when avail- 
able. Most Amiga desktop-publishing packages — in- 
cluding PageStream 2.2 (Soft-Logik), Professional 
Page 4,0 (Gold Disk), and Saxon Publisher 1.2 (Saxon 
Industries) — have now added support for these fonts, 
giving Amiga owners access to an incredibly large va- 
riety of PostScript outline fonts. Soft-Logik publishes 



52 April 1993 



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several PostScript font packages for the Amiga, in- 
cluding the Starter Font Pack (§99.95), which offers 
eight PostScript typefaces. 

3. Proprietary Outline Fonts 

A number of Amiga packages offer their own pro- 
prietary font formats. Programs such as PageStream 
and Final Copy II (Softwood) use custom outline fonts 
that are similar to both Compugraphic and PostScript 
fonts, but compatible with neither. Again, these fonts 
offer superior printed output at any type size on any 
output device, making their use perfect for printed 
documents. 

Alternative Font Sources 

If you don't want to spend an arm and a ieg to get hold 
of a new batch of fonts, there are a number of options 
open to you. Most users' groups and Amiga BBSs of- 
fer shareware Amiga fonts. Two of the more accessible 
font collections I've come across are Fonts (numerous 
authors, Fred Fish #81) and New Fonts (Bill Fischer, 
FF #34). If you're looking for a few shareware Post- 
Script Type 1 fonts to add to your collection, most 
commercial on-line services — including GEnie and 
CompuServe — offer a substantial number of fonts to 
choose from in their Amiga forums. Soft-Logik offers 
a healthy supply of shareware PostScript fonts for 
PageStream that can be accessed by calling the Soft- 
Logik technical-support BBS. 

If you can't find the fonts you're looking for, you can 
always create your own. Witb Calligrapher (now being 
sold and updated by Allied Studios), you can easily cre- 
ate your own standard and ColorFont format Amiga 
fonts. If you'd like to try your hand at creating your 
own structured fonts. Soft-Logik's upcoming Type- 
Smith program ($199.95) allows users to create and 
edit structured fonts in Compugraphic, PostScript 
(Type 1 and 3), and PageStream formats. 

If you can't find or create fonts you need, you can 
make use of a variety of font utilities to access the 
large number of fonts available in the Mac and MS- 
DOS markets. A few years ago, using PostScript fonts 
with your Amiga publishing software required that 
you purchase the fonts in IBM format and then — us- 
ing a bridgeboard — manually download them to your 
laser printer by way of a serial cable. After download- 
ing the font into the laser printer, you would use your 
desktop -publishing software to recognize the font 
and then — if you were lucky enough — print your 
document. 

Today, support for PostScript fonts is de 
rigueur in any professional Amiga desktop-pub- 
lishing application. As long as the PostScript 
fonts you're trying to use are in IBM format, 
you can simply download them from a BBS 
or convert them to Amiga disk format us- 
ing Consultron's CrossDOS ($59.95; ver- 
sion 5.0 — without the Cross PC utility — is 
now also included as part of Workbench 
2. 1 and higher), and then use them 
with your favorite publishing pro- 
gram. PostScript fonts in Macintosh 
format contain different font infor- 
mation; if you w r ant to use a Mac- 
format font, you can convert it to 
MS-DOS format by using the 



54 April 1993 




shareware utility FontConv 1.2 (Gary Knight, FF 
#528), which readily converts Mac-format Adobe 
Type 1 and 3 fonts to MS-DOS format. 

Bridgeboard users can also use AllType, {§79.95, 
ATech) an excellent MS-DOS font utility that converts 
scalable typefaces to and from most major font formats, 
including Compugraphic, PostScript. Bitstream, and 
TrueType. For example, an Amiga user could use All- 
Type and a bridgeboard to convert MS-DOS True- 
Type fonts to PostScript Type 1, then use CrossDOS 
to transfer the converted font so it can be used by an 
Amiga desktop-publishing program. 

An older software font-creation package of particu- 
lar interest to desktop-video users is Interfont, now 
part of Interchange Plus ($99.95 Syndesis), which can 
be used to create 3-D fonts for CAD and 3-D programs. 
Another font-utility package you mav find useful is 
Anti-A (S65, Zen Computer Services), a UK-designed 
program that can transform your drab, plain-looking 
standard Amiga fonts into antialiased gray-scale Col- 
orFonts. 

For more technically inclined users, a number of 
shareware utilities are available for tinkering with font 
files. The program PrFont 1,4 (Joel Swank, FF #606) 
does a handy job of displaying and printing a sample 
of all fonts in your fonts: directory. Finally, a collection 
of PostScript utilities in PSUtils (numerous authors, FF 
#732) offers a font disassembler and other useful tools 
for serious desktop publishers. 

When it comes to fonts, the Amiga has definitely 
come a long way. With support for industry-standard 
PostScript and Compugraphic fonts, Amiga users will 
find it easier than ever to utilize Mac and MS-DOS ser- 
vice bureaus. Amiga developers will eventually offer 
support for the popular TrueType structured font for- 
mat popularized by Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Sys- 
tem 7 on the Mac, Revolutionary new technologies 
such as Adobe's Carousel (which allows users of dif- 
ferent DTP packages to seamlessly exchange docu- 
ments) and Multiple Master typeface technology 
(which enables users to customize typefaces to a 
heretofore unheard of level) may eventually make 
their way to the Amiga. An Amiga-specific typeface- 
conversion facility would be the next step, with Soft- 
Logik's forthcoming TypeSmith serving as an indi- 
rect conversion program. Making Adobe's PostScript 
fonts available specifically for the Amiga would be 
another positive occurrence, although Adobe 
hasn't expressed much interest in doing so. 
Even more Amiga fonts, font utilities, and oth- 
er applications are on the way. 

With the right information, Amiga users 
should be able to master their font basics 
to maximize their applications — without 
having to become professional typog- 
raphers in the process. ■ 

Jeff James is a long-lime Amiga user and 
a frequent contributor to several com- 
puter publications. He is currently a 
student at Colorado State University 
where he is majoring in Technical 
Journalism. Write to him c/o Ami- 
gaWorld, Editorial Dept., 80 Elm 
St, Peterborough, NH 03458. 




Digging in to DOS 

A SERIES THAT EXPLORES THE AMIGA'S RELEASE 2 OPERATING SYSTEM 



State your Preferences! 

The sixth installment 

of our series reveals new ways 



The Font editor we 
discussed last month 
is just one example of 
how AmigaDOS versions 
2.0 and higher let you cus- 
tomize the look and feel of 
your system. Other new Pref- 
erences programs allow you to 
take advantage of new display ca- 
pabilities in addition to old ones that 
were not accessible under Workbench 1.3, 
At least three of the new Preferences editors deal 
with the size and appearance of the Workbench screen. 
The ScreenMode editor provides much more control 
over the appearance of the Workbench screen than the 
simple Workbench Interlace on/off button in 1.3 Pref- 
erences. Even if your computer has the original Amiga 
graphics chip set, this editor provides a couple of 
choices you did not have before. First, it allows you to 
select the number of colors on the Workbench screen. 
Instead of the default four colors, you can set your 
Workbench to memory-saving monochrome mode (two 
colors), or boost the number of colors to eight or 16 
(256 on the A4000 and Al 200 model Amigas). Remem- 
ber, however, that this riot of colors has a price — it uses 



to do so under 2.0, 2.1, 
and even 3.0. 



up valuable chip mem- 
ory and may slow oper- 
ations somewhat as well. 
Another feature the 
ScreenMode editor offers 
all Amiga users is the ability 
to create an enormous Work- 
bench screen. Normally, the 
Workbench screen size is the same 
as the visible display. If you turn off the 
Default buttons in the ScreenMode Prefer- 
ences window, however, you can specify larger 
width and height. Although the dieoretical maximum 
is 16368x16384, you would need 32MB of chip RAM for 
a monochrome display of this size! Even with the current 
2MB limit on chip RAM, you can still easily expand your 
four-color Workbench screen to over 3000x2000 pixels. 
You may never need a Workbench even this large, but 
expanding your Workbench to 800x800 or 1000x1000 
pixels allows your desktop-publishing program to dis- 
play an entire page at normal magnification, which 
speeds up screen redraws enormously. 

Several new features help you navigate these large 
displays. With the Autoscroll button turned on, the 
screen moves automatically any time you move the 



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mouse pointer past the visible edge of the screen. An- 
other new feature is "free" screen drag. Workbench 1 .3 
lets you drag a screen up and down only, and then only 
by pulling on its title bar. Workbench 2.0 allows you to 
drag a screen regardless of where your pointer is simply 
by holding down the the left Amiga key while you move 
the mouse (the IControl Preferences editor lets you 
switch this key to Alt, Ctrl, or Shift). If the screen is 
wider than the display, you can drag from left to right, 
as well as up and down. Finally, the IControl Prefer- 
ences editor offers Screen Menu Snap. With this feature 
enabled, the display window "snaps" to the top-left cor- 
ner of the screen whenever you press the right mouse 
button, providing easy access to the menu bar. 

Monitor Progress 

If your computer has the Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) 
that was introduced shortly before the A3000 or the 
Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) chips available 
with the A4000 and Al 200, the ScreenMode editor al- 
lows you to set your Workbench to one of the new dis- 
play modes that these chips provide. Only one of these 
modes, SuperHiRes, works with Commodore's 1084 
monitor. Some modes, including Productivity, require 
either a VGA-style or multiscan monitor like the Com- 
modore 1960, while others, such as Super72 mode, 
work only with a multiscan monitor. 

Because your computer cannot tell what kind of 
monitor is connected, ScreenMode offers the new 
modes only if you have installed a monitor driver that 
indicates your screen is capable of displaying certain 
types of signals. In Workbench 2.0, you install driver 
files by moving them from the Monitors drawer of the 
Extras disk to the Monitors drawer of the Workbench 
disk. In 2.1 and 3.0, this destination drawer is found 
in the Devs directory, and spare drivers reside in the 
Monitors drawer within the Storage directory. 

Four monitor drivers — for NTSC, PAL, multiscan, 
and A2024 monitors — come with Workbench 2.0. The 
first three offer enhanced capabilities for users with the 
ECS or AGA graphics chips (the A2024 driver is for use 
onlv with a special Commodore monochrome moni- 



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Within the Overscan editor, just drag a rectangle— using any of the 
black "handles" — to change the size and position of your WB screen. 



tor). NTSC and PAL drivers allow European users to 
set Workbench for the US display standard and vice 
versa, as long as their monitors can adjust to the slight- 
ly different standard (as several versions of the A1084 
can). With either of these standard monitor types the 
ScreenMode program offers new SuperHiRes and Su- 
perHiRes Interlaced modes. These modes double the 
horizontal resolution to 1280 pixels, with four colors 
on ECS and 256 colors on AGA machines. With the 
multiscan driver, ScreenMode offers two new Produc- 
tivity modes, 640x480 noninterlaced and 640x960 in- 
terlaced, again with a maximum of four colors on ECS 
machines and 256 colors on AGA machines. 

Workbench 2.1 offers even more monitor types for 
users with ECS/AGA graphics chips and a multiscan 
monitor such as the 1960. The Euro36 and Euro72 
modes have higher vertical refresh rates, which makes 
for less flicker even in interlaced modes. The screen 
sizes for Euro36 are similar to NTSC, ranging from 
640X200 to 1280X400, while those for Euro72 are sim- 
ilar to Productivity mode, ranging from 640x400 to 
640X800. Super72 also has higher refresh rates, but 
trades horizontal resolution for vertical resolution. The 
noninterlaced screens are 400x300 or 800x300, and in- 
terlaced screens are 400x600 or 800x600. 

With Workbench 3.0 (available only on the A4000 
and A1200), you get the new DBLNTSC and DBLPAL 
monitor types. These offer 400-line flicker-free modes, 
which are similar to Productivity mode but provide 
slightly greater overscan options. Also, all previous 16- 
and four-color modes can now display up to 256 colors. 

The Bigger Picture 

The new Overscan editor provides a standard way to 
extend the Amiga's display all the way to the edge of 
the screen. This editor allows you to set two expanded 
sizes for each screen mode, using a rectangle that you 
drag around by its "handles." The first, called Text 
Size, determines the normal working area of your 
Workbench screen, while the second, Graphics Size, al- 
lows applications to determine the total visible area of 
your screen. With the Overscan editor, NTSC users can 
expand the Workbench front 640X400 to 724x482, an 
increase of about 30 percent; similar gains are possible 
with most other modes. Expanding the width of Work- 
bench to about 680 pixels allows you to display 80 
columns of text in a word-processor, even with a scroll 
bar at the side. Beware, though: Screen-width expan- 
sion increases the demands on the graphics processor 
and may slow processing. Increasing the height of your 
screen, on the other hand, bears no processing penalty. 

While many applications can read your Overscan 
Preferences specifications and open their custom 
screens to the same size as your Workbench, relatively 
few programs "understand" the new screen modes. 
Many, however, give you a choice of running on the 
Workbench or on public screens, and thus provide an 
easy way to access the new modes. There are also pub- 
lic-domain utilities to help you coerce programs into 
the new modes, but these are partial solutions at best. 

Of course, greater compatability is in the cards: Now 
that the A4000 and A1200 have set a new graphics 
standard, you can expect future software to be much 
more graphics-mode aware. That's the strongest incen- 
tive yet to upgrade to 2.1 or beyond. 

Next month well explore Commodities utilities. ■ 



56 April 1993 




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ics" has reached a milestone — its 50th col- 

J. umn (see p. 60). First appearing in the 
December '88 issue, the column was billed initially as 
"an occasional series on . . . Amiga graphics." I guess 
AWvns hedging its bets — it didn't know that "Accent" 
would turn out to be the longest running column in 
the magazine's history. The success of that column is 
most assuredly due to its author, Joel Hagen. 

If you have followed his monthly forays over the 
years, perhaps you have wondered, "Who is this guy- 
Joel Hagen, anyway?" His picture doesn't even appear 
with the column. (No, the moustachioed dude in the 
"Accent" logo is not Joel!) The question is not an easy 
one to answer, especially given how little personal in- 
formation he is willing to divulge (probably owing to 
a noticeable absence of ego). Faithful readers and stu- 
dents most likely know him best as the one who en- 
courages them to "do try this at home." This fly-fish- 
ing, astronomy-loving former anthropology major 
might be best described as possessing a Leonardo da 
Vinci-like fascination with art and science and a Hunter 
Thompsonesque disregard for convention. 

Eternal Wanderer 

As a child, Hagen and his family moved frequently 
throughout the Pacific Northwest, finally settling in 
California. As an adult, he attempted to distance 
himself from things familiar during the mid-1970s 
by working as a cod fisherman off the coast of Ice- 



land. When ashore, he wandered around the coun- 
tryside sketching pictures and getting to know the 
people. As wandering would seem his birthright, 
you may just as easily have seen this tall, soft-spo- 
ken man discussing the possibility of life in space 
with fellow astronomical artists on a Crimean spring 
morning or contemplating a comet's composition 
while scrutinizing a dirty snowbank on the streets of 
Brattleboro, Vermont. 

When he needs to return to Earth, you may find 
him in his Oakdale, California, studio seeking inspir- 
ation at the keyboard of his Amiga, or sifting through 
his "filtered clutter." Perhaps he is drawing, or prepar- 
ing for the computer art class he teaches at a local 
community college, or maybe hammering out his next 
column ior AmigaWorld. 

Hagen looks for another kind of inspiration out 
his window 7 . "I really like the outdoors, to camp and 
fish, be alone and let all the tensions of the world 
dissolve away." The studio is located in farm coun- 
try, but only a few hours' drive from San Francisco. 
In the distance beyond his window reach the High 
Sierras. "I like to tell people that I live nowhere, but 
an hour from anywhere," he explains. 

Them Bones 

Hagen's interest in paleontology and archaeology in- 
spired a rather unique project. His earliest sculptures 
took the form of alien fossils. He painstakingly mold- 
ed these — fish, bones, and sculls — out of ceramic. Mak- 
ing them as realistic as possible, he displayed them in 




"Who Is Joel Hagen, anyway?" asks Jan Jackson in her interview with AWs "Accent on Graphics" author. From these pictures he sent 



58 April 1993 



In Space and Time 



a dry, museum-style exhibit complete with maps of dig 
sites and tags with scientific names in Latin. 

But while exploring the elegant shapes of bones, he 
took his fictional fossils one step further in a story of alien 
archaeology through digitized composite images. In what 
later became known as the "Probe Sequence," a comput- 
er-generated video reports landing on an alien world and 
discovering previously unidentified skulls. Next, the com- 
puter ascertains what these beings looked like by recon- 
structing them. (See "Probing Alien Worlds: Extraterres- 
trial Video," Mar. '88, p. 33, for more on the Probe 
Sequence.) 

This project also provided a segue into another of 
Hagen's interests, the Amiga. Relying on an Al 000 to 
create and run the Probe Sequence, he actually used 
the "premiere" version of The Director software de- 
signed especially for that purpose. Up until that point, 
no .Amiga tools in existence could control sequencing 
and blitter chips in the way required. Hagen turned 
to his friend, software developer Keith Doyle, for help. 
When they were ready, Doyle and Hagen packed up 
a six-command version of the program and took it to 
a Contact Conference. The fledgling Director im- 
pressed the attendees as well as representatives from 
PBS who picked up the story. 

In its tenth year, the Contact Conference is a 
"pretty eclectic" group of writers and space scien- 
tists who discuss human futures and life in space, 
according to Hagen. He's been an active participant 
for the past five years, and also has attended artist 
exchanges in such places as Iceland and the Crimea 



through the International Association of Astro- 
nomical Artists. 

Brave New Worlds to Conquer 

Hagen was also present for Voyager's Neptune and 
Uranus encounters at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Cali- 
fornia. "It was a great experience standing in the Com- 
mand Center watching images coming up live. We 
have certainly reached a new stage of evolution of our- 
selves and of our species when we can put our eyes and 
ears out there in space." 

When it comes to computers and art, Joel Hagen is 
pretty adamant about letting a computer be a com- 
puter. "It's not a fake paintbrush: we should open up 
its many facets to direct creative use. 1 don't know how 
many artists think the way I do," he adds, "but I've al- 
ways enjoyed programming." 

Looking back on the last 50 "Accent" columns, what 
he finds most gratifying is covering the landmarks in 
graphics software, such as the emergence of strong an- 
imation tools, particularly DPaint's first animation fea- 
tures. He also fondly remembers the advent of Amiga 
landscape-generating tools. 

When asked what he had planned for the future, Ha- 
gen paused and politely remarked, "What a depress- 
ing idea. I've never planned anything in my life. I can 
think of nothing more dismal than knowing what's go- 
ing to happen five years from now." End of story. We'll 
just have to use our imaginations to guess what Joel will 
be up to next. ■ 

—Janjackson 




us, she seems correct when she alludes to his "possessing a Leonardo da Vinci-like fascination with art and science , 



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By Joel Hagen 



Stop-Motion 

Animation and 

Motion Blur 



IN STOP-MOTION animation, real 
objects are filmed one frame at a time. 
The object is moved between frames to 
produce a cumulative illusion of mo- 
tion. Generations of movie audiences — 
from King Kong to Star Wars — have 
been thrilled by this effect . . . and 
generations of aspiring young Holly- 
wood impresarios have tried duplicat- 
ing it in the family basement or garage. 

Before the advent of personal com- 
puters, I used an 8mm movie camera for 
my stop-motion experiments. A friend 
and I went so far as to film an epic about 
his oil-guzzling '52 Buick — erecting a 
huge bamboo scaffold from which we 
suspended a 20-foot stuffed satin tongue 
drat lapped out from beneath the hood 
of the car. Filming went on for days as 
we inched the car forward between 
frames, adjusting the tongue for each 
shot. 1 haven't lost my enthusiasm for 
stop-motion, but today I use my Amiga, 
a video camera, and special-effects soft- 
ware to do die job in new ways. 

Capturing Your 
Cast of Characters 

While 3-D software is a wonderful way 
to build virtual objects for animations, 
sometimes there is no substitute for the 
real thing. You might want to animate 
kitchen utensils dancing out of your 
cupboard, or your child zooming 
around the house on a flying carpet. 
You may be a model-kit hobbyist want- 
ing to see your l/48th scale DC-3 flying 
through Yosemite valley. Your Amiga 
makes these and oilier "Hollywood" 
effects accessible. 

In addition to your Amiga, you need 
a video camera and an image-capture 
device such as Digi-View (NewTek), 
Framegrabber (Progressive Peripher- 
als), DCTV (Digital Creations), or any 
other video digitizer. This allows you to 
store a series of individual pictures as 
computer images that you can then 
manipulate in paint, animation, or 
image-processing software. 

As a first experiment, you might try 
animating a movable character. Toy 
stores abound with articulated figures, 
from Ninja Turtles to Barbie Dolls. 



Fasten the feet to a solid stand near 
your camera, computer, and lights. 
Move each joint of the figure slightly 
between shooting successive frames so 
the sequence creates a smooth motion. 
Number the saved frames sequentially 
as, for example, "turtle.001," 
"turtle.002," and so on. When you are 
finished you can specify a number of 
frames in DeluxePaint's (Electronic 
Arts) Load Picture requester to loacl an 
entire sequence at once and play it as 
an animation. 

Yoti could shoot the figure in a com- 
pletely staged setting — using miniature 
buildings, HO railroad details, model 
cars, and so on. However, you can 
make deeper use of the computer as a 
complete special-effects studio. For 
example, by shooting against a black 
background, you can clean up each 
frame easily — isolating the model 
against a transparent solid color. That, 
in turn, allows you to composite the 
model with other images, thus simulat- 
ing a special-effects technique called a 
matte shot. For example, the Ninja 
Turtle could stroll life-size along a 
digitized photo of your street. 

Rigid models such as airplanes and 
cars can be mounted on black rods and 
shot against a black background. I 
often use a plastic "lazy Susan" as a 
stand — marking the rim and making 
measured rotations of models when 
needed. For instance, you could shoot 
that DC-3 model head on from a fixed 
camera position, then in a banking- 
and-turning sequence on the "lazy 
Susan." It is easy to use the head-on 
image as a brush in D Paint's Move 
requester with a negative "z" distance 
setting to make the plane fly toward 
you over a Vista Pro (Virtual Reality) 
Yosemite landscape. Add the bank and 
turn images, and then use the Move 
requester to fly off the screen. 

Animations like the dancing kitchen 



60 April 1993 



With just a few digitizing, paint, and image-processing tricks, 
you can create Hollywood-style animation special effects. 



utensils will require a little on-the-spot 
ingenuity on your part to support and 
control each object. I frequently use 
hidden dabs of modeling clay to hold 
things in place for a shot. You can even 
clean up visible props in a paint pro- 
gram, but this can be tedious. As for 
the child on a flying carpel, try a rug 
on a piece of plywood resting on a box. 
Be sure the child remains still, shoot 
from a tripod at an angle thai conceals 
the box, and then drag box, rug, and 
child as one unit from spot to spot for 
each shot. The child can try incremen- 
tal actions such as waving. 

Fly Me to the Moon . . . 

The accompanying illustration shows 
an animation frame in which a space- 
craft (lies over a snowy alien landscape. 
The spacecraft was scratch-built from 
sheet styrene, model parts, and two 
spark plugs, and then captured with 
Digi-View. The mountain was generat- 
ed with Scenery Animator (Natural 
Graphics), while [he moon was painted 
in DPaint's Shade mode. The space- 
craft shadow is a rotated spaceship 
stamped on the landscape in Shade 
mode. The sky is a 24-bit "Backdrop" 
created in Art Department Professional 
(ASDG). These elements were assem- 
bled using Stencil features in DPaint 
and Composite options in ADPro. 

As a final touch, I manually applied 
motion blur to each frame using Im- 
agemaster (Black Belt). The motion- 
blur elfect was an unfulfilled dream 
for earlier stop-motion animators. For 
instance, individual frames from King 
Kong reveal the model in crisp focus 
even during action scenes. By contrast, 
a film frame with a person in motion 
shows blurring. This, in part, is why 
models in older stop-motion films 
move a bit jerkily. Modern effects 
teams can use computer-controlled 
models to physically blur each frame 
as it is shot. Amiga animators can 
perform a little software magic to 
achieve similar results. 

En die illustration, I wanted to pre- 




"Ice Planet" (above) Is an animation frame that includes a photograph of a model 
composited over a fractal landscape. Motion blur enhances the feeling of speed. 



serve the detail of the model, but en- 
hance a feeling of speed and motion. I 
chose to create a motion blur somewhat 
like the "zippity" lines animators often 
add to the trailing edge of a speeding 
character. In Imagemaster, I selected 
Motion Blur from under Geometric 
Transformations in the Process Panel 
and then used Polygon Area to outline 
a portion of the rear of the craft — 
keeping the outline slightly within the 
area of die ship itself. If die outlined 
area were to extend beyond the ship, 
parts of the sky, for example, would 
blur over the moon — which in this case 
is not desirable. Choosing a blur dis- 
tance often pixels, I then manually set 
the direction along the major axis of 
the craft. The same post-production 



method could be applied to the child 
on the flying carpet or the airplane in 
Yosemite. ■ 

Joel Hagen's credits include work in art, 
astronomy, science fiction, and software 
development. Write to him at 10512 
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AmiguWorld 61 




Multimedia 
From Video 

Take the Toaster and the 
IV24 out of the suite and into 
the board room. 

By Gene Brawn 



THE INCREDIBLE SUCCESS of New- 
Tek's Video Toaster alerted the video 
world to the Amiga's power in the 
editing room. Yet, there is another area 
where the Toaster and its stepcousin, 
CA'P's Impact Vision 24 — two of the 
most popular video boards on die 
market — could have as great an impact. 
Where? Live multimedia presentations, 
Both offer the millions of colors, real- 
time transitions, and special effects that 
your TV-saturated audiences expect. 

Using the boards for this purpose is a 
bit like fitting a square peg into a 
round hole. Although both come with 
3-D rendering and 24 -bit paint pro- 
grams, neither offers software for creat- 
ing or controlling real-time presenta- 
tions. So why would vou want to bother 
expanding your board's horizons? For 
great results, of course, and to further 
capitalize on your investment. Several 
software packages provide the power 
you need for integrating either system 
into video's new age. But before investi- 
gating them, let's make sure your hard- 
ware is up to snuff. 

Hardware For Multimedia 

Most multimedia productions can easily 
overwhelm a stock Amiga. If the 
processor is too slow, or there's not 
enough memory to load large anima- 
tions, or the hard drive isn't fast 
enough to retrieve the data in time, 
your fast-paced program will slow to a 
crawl. The multimedia Amiga is an 
expanded Amiga. Don't skimp on 
hardware; it can make or break your 
presentations. 

The Video Toaster, of course, re- 
quires an A2000, and unless your pace 
is leisurely, you should add an accelera- 



tor—preferably a 68030 or '040. Install 
as much RAM as you can afford; ten 
megabytes is enough for Toaster pre- 
sentations, but you will need more if 
you do much 3-D rendering. 

tfyou plan to incorporate VCR in- 
put, you'll also need a time-base correc- 
tor for each device. Because the Toaster 
is not an edit controller, you will have 
to create your own command software 
for the video deck. This is not difficult 
if you can obtain the control codes for 
your particular deck. All the software 
presented here can send and receive 
data through the serial port; some 
packages include drivers for the more 
popular laserdisc players and VCRs. 

The IV24 is less picky about its host, 
and any Amiga with a video slot will do 
(earlier versions do not support the 
A4000, however). As with the Toaster, 
use the fastest processor you can to 
ensure smooth performance. The 
IV24"s R\M requirements are also less 
demanding than the Toaster's. Five 
megs should give you a comfortable 
margin, not including the memory 
requirements of your multimedia soft- 
ware. And remember, if you plan to 
incorporate more than one VCR into 
your setup, you'll need an add-on serial 
card to supplement the .Amiga's solo 
port. 

A feist, high-capacity hard drive is a 
must for both systems. Bear in mind 
that RGB images often exceed a 
megabyte of disk space. It will not take 
long before you fill even a 100MB 
drive, especially if vou include anima- 
tions. A compromise is to dedicate the 
internal drive to the multimedia system 
and your everyday software, then add a 
removable-cartridge drive for your 



projects. This is a good way to keep 
your presentations organized, and to 
avoid the hassle of shuffling files on 
and oil' the hard drive as it fills. 

Back To The Boards 

Before you commit to a software pack- 
age, assess your multimedia needs. And 
if you don't actually have either board, 
consider this: A software-controllable 
genlock may be all you need for simple 
applications, but most Amiga genlocks 
accept only one video input. They 
combine the Amiga and video signals as 
NTSC video and allow for limited ef- 
fects, such as simple fades between 
video and Amiga, or a mix of the two 
sources. 

The IY24 is a big step up from the 
genlock. This powerful piece of hard- 
ware gives the multimedia producer 
unparalleled video flexibility: The IV24 
can accept and output (transcode) every 
video standard used in North America. 
This means, among other things, that 
you won't have to invest in any new 
equipment, since the IV24 can accom- 
modate anything you already use. The 
board's 24 -bit framegrabber, live digital 
picture-iu-picturc feature, and ability to 
combine video signals, often without 
time-base correction, provide many 
opportunities. These include: Amiga- 
generated titles superimposed on live 
video; animation and recorded video, 
overlaid on a high-qualitv RGB 
framegrab; and broadcast-style over- 
the-shoulder video in a window. Keep 
in mind though that if you want ro 
connect more than two devices and 
switch between them, you must syn- 
chronize each device to a master signal. 
The IV24 is an ideal solution for com- *■ 



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NewTek's Video Toaster was de- 
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media presentations, but because its 
tools are so impressive, it is hard to 
dismiss. The Toaster offers many fea- 
tures useful for multimedia: four NTSC 
video inputs, two NTSC outputs, a 
framegrabber, (wo frame buffers, a real- 
time colorizer, scores of digital effects, a 
video switcher, and one of the best- 
looking character generators in die 
business. If you want great effects, a 
variety of transitions, and high-quality 
text in your programs, you can't go 
wrong with the Toaster. 

For all its agility, NewTek's board is 
not as adept as the IV24 at integrating 
Amiga graphics into its environment. 
In fact, the Toaster is "blind" to the 
.Amiga's graphics while the switcher is 
active. Although the Toaster provides a 
genlock mode with fades, dissolves, and 
cuts, die switcher must be shut down 
before die genlock engages. Additional- 
ly, since die board uses the sound chan- 
nels for some of its operations, audio 
effects are not always possible. As a 
result, if you want Amiga graphics and 
sound, you must connect a second 
Amiga to the serial port and video 
inputs of your Toaster system. Antici- 
pating this dilemma, NewTek included 
a sample ARexx program demonstrat- 
ing external control of the Toaster 
through the AUX: port. 

Although the IV24 is more Amiga- 
friendly than the Toaster, both include 
software better suited for controlling 
the boards' operations than for provid- 
ing multimedia pizazz. For instance, 
neither piece of hardware makes any 
provision for audio. So, to realize their 
true power, you need software to coor- 
dinate the boards with the Amiga and 
your presentation. 

Toast And. . , 

A host of software can adapt the Video 
Toaster to presentations. Included are 
at least four programs to automate the 
I oaster's operation. Toast Master 
(5149.95, Byrd's Eye Software), Script- 
gen (S49.95, Michael Greenstein), 
Toaster Toolkit (S150, The Byte Facto- 
ry 7 ), and TRexx Professional. (The latter 
was recently acquired by ASDG, which, 
at press time, stated that a revision is 
underway and pricing is yet undeter- 
mined.) Their displays emulate the 
Toaster interface; you simply click on 
buttons representing actions the Toast- 
er is to perform. The software then 
converts these commands into ARexx 
scripts that, when run, instruct the 
Toaster to repeat your actions automat- 
ically. Nothing could be simpler. (For a 



review of all four programs, see p. 58, 
Oct. '92.) 

Keep in mind, though, that these 
four packages are essentially ARexx 
script generators, not multimedia pro- 
grams; they add no functionality to the 
Toaster. Programs designed with these 
scripters are ideal for noninteraclive, 
stand-alone displays, but little else. If 
you need more, try a package specifi- 
cally designed for multimedia. One 
program, ShowMaker ($395, Gold 
Disk) provides easy access to animation, 
pictures, music and sound effects, video 
recorders, and laserdisc players for 
powerful presentations. ShowMaker is 
the first multimedia program to pro- 
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cannot hurdle the Toaster's inability to 
integrate Amiga graphics. 

The way around this is to create the 
Amiga portions of your presentation 
using ShowMaker, then record them to 
videotape. (Recording the segments in 
the order you will need them will save 
you time shuttling back and forth in 
search of the next section.) Next, 
rewind the tape and reroute the deck's 
output to the Toaster. Now, write a 
second ShowMaker script to orchestrate 
the real-time text and effects that the 
Toaster is to add while the tape is play- 
ing. Be aware that ShowMaker has not 
been updated since its release, This 
means new Toaster features are inac- 
cessible through ShowMaker and others 
may no longer work correctly. 

An upcoming multimedia program 
that promises updated Toaster con- 
trol — as well as savvy sound integra- 
tion — is Bars&Pipes Professional 2.0 
from The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks. 
For more information on the capabili- 
ties offered by that program's new 
Media Madness module, and for sum- 
maries of other multimedia software 
mentioned here, see "A Show of 
Strength" on p. 30. 

The Impact- Vision Thing 

GVP now includes two special-effects 
packages with the IV24. My LAD is a 



small wipe program that uses black- 
and-white DeluxePaint-style animations 
to effect moving changes while keying 
two video sources. Scala has teamed up 
with GVP to create the second pro- 
gram — a no-frills character generator. 
While offering limited utility for the 
multimedia producer, neither program 
comes close to the Toaster's capabili- 
ties. Instead, IV24 users must turn to 
die likes of Amiga Vision (Gommodore), 
Scala MM200 (Scala Inc.), CanDo (IN- 
OVAtronics), or ShowMaker. 

All four of these programs can talk to 
the IV24 through its ARexx port. Since 
these packages send messages in ARexx 
format, the board does not know the 
difference and executes the command 
as if it were from ARexx. In other 
words, you don't have to be an ARexx 
programmer to get ARexx results. All 
these programs feature graphical inter- 
faces, programmable "hot spots," play- 
back ofSMUS and 8SVX files, full 
ANIM capability, and great text han- 
dling. .Although all are powerlul pack- 
ages, each possesses one or two extra 
features that make it the most suitable 
for a particular style of multimedia. 

Scala MM200. Ibr example, is excel- 
lent for business presentations, primari- 
ly because of its elegant typefaces and 
huge collection of backgrounds, ideal 
for enlivening graphs and charts. 

AmigaVision is a favorite of interac- 
tive video makers. Its main attraction is 
the simple point-and-click method used 
to create sequences. .AmigaVision in- 
cludes drivers for most major laserdisc 
players, and a capable database feature. 

CanDo is arguably the most power- 
ful. Flexible database commands and 
an easy-to-use scripting mode for low- 
level control enable il to tackle any- 
multimedia task. It includes no drivers 
for VCRs or laserdisc players, however. 

Because ShowMaker includes ARexx, 
MIDI, and Toaster interfaces, it is ideal 
for live performances where video 
interaction must be keyed to musical 
notes. Its one weakness is interactive 
control: user input is limited to mouse 
clicks (pausing and restarting a 
sequence, for example). 

Try it! 

There are real advantages to using the 
Toaster and IV24 for presentations, 
including compatibility with almost any 
video system and color resolutions that 
outshine the new A4000 and A1200. 
Now, think of the possibilities for using 
both boards together. . . ■ 

Gene Brawn is a digital animator, graphics 
designer, and frequent lecturer. His back- 
ground includes video and multimedia 
production. 



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PC286 Module 

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xtemal SVHS Genlock, 

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Newtek Video Toaster 



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3833 
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4216 


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Art Department Pro gives you the most powerful image 
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Editor. A cardboard Quick Reference 
Guide gives you crib notes on the basic 
drawing tools, and on-line help is a click 
away, [n addition, when selected, all 
tools display usage hims in the main 
drawing window's drag bar. 

Art Expression is a good, introduc- 
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It does lack abilities that you expect in a 
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BASIC: incarnation for the Amiga, arrived 
complete with five floppies, two large 
manuals, and other sundry goodies. The 
package weighs about five pounds. If BA- 
SIC is dying, it sure isn't of starvation. 

But is it getting better? To find out I 
tested Blitz 2 in three areas: speed, pow- 
er, and ease of use. 

Speed: Out in Front 

If speed is the only thing vou want out of 
a BASIC: language, Blitz 2 fills the bill. It's 
a compiled, rather than an interpreted, 
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execute as fast as assembly language, it's 



definitely a lot quicker than interpreted 
BASK:. Blitz 2 doesn't stop there, either. 
With Blitz 2's editor/compiler you can in- 
sert C and assembly code into your BA- 
SIC programs to speed up sensitive 
areas. Plus, Blitz 2 offers a special Blitz 
mode that shuts off the operating system 
to give you lightning-fast performance. 

Of course, there are trade-offs. De- 
bugging is slower with compiled BASIC. 
With Blitz 2 you cannot simply stop a 
running routine unless you program in 
a Stop. Even doing that isn't very help- 
ful: After a Stop you're left in a primitive 
Direct mode window that allows you to 
do little other than examine variables. 

Blitz mode has more severe trade-offs. 
When you enter it, you leave behind all 
the conveniences of Intuition, including 
keyboard routines, mouse control, win- 
dows, and multitasking. The user's guide 
warns you: "...the only time it's accept- 
able to close down the Amiga's multi- 
tasking environment is with software 
dedicated to entertainment. Any appli- 
cations software that uses Blitz mode will 
NOT be welcomed by the Amiga public." 

That statement provides a telling clue 
to Blitz 2's real destiny — to be a games 
creator. While it does have the standard 
window commands, file handling, and 
control structures, Blitz 2's heart is set on 
creating entertainment software. Is Blitz 
2 fast enough to produce truly commer- 
cial-quality games? 1 think so. The sam- 
ple games that accompany the program 
are convincing evidence that Blitz 2 can 
handle heavy-duty animation. 

Power: Commands Aplenty 

Blitz 2 gives you access to much of the Ami- 
ga's hardware power without requiring 
library work. All the screen modes — ELAM, 
interlaced, hi- and lores (not overscan), 
and double-buffering — are available with 
simple commands. II.BM file formats (as 
from DeluxePaint) are implemented, as 
well as 8SVX IFF and Souncitracker/Noise- 
tracker sound files, letting you play whole 
soundtracks in the background. Also in- 
cluded among Blitz 2's more than 300 
commands are Rotate (turns a shape to 
any degree), Stencil (slides objects among 
different background graphics), VWait 
(synchronizes graphics with the hardware 
display refreshes), a series of Gadget com- 
mands (simplify putting clickable buttons 
on I he screen), and excellent aiTay-sorting 
options (Sort, SortUp, SortDown). In ad- 
dition, you can use CLI commands to pass 
parameters between your program and 
Amiga DOS, or you can open the Work- 
bench screen 

A few things, however, are noticeably 
absent. Where are the font commands? 
Where is overscan? The text and cursor 



capabilities are not very powerful: How 

about a simple Home command? Per- 
haps some screen and file compression? 

Ease of Use: Maybe Not 

Blitz 2's speed and power are its forte: 
ease of use is its weakness. The problem 
starts with the documentation, or rather, 
the lack of it. Despite the two large man- 
uals, I couldn't locate information on 
how to paste what you cut in the editor, 
to break out of a running program, or to 
enter Direct mode from the editor. Nor 
could I find evidence of a timer com- 
mand or what the function keys do in 
the editor. Worse yet are the cryptic ex- 
planations of new concepts. 1 had a lot 
of trouble visualizing some of Blitz 2's 
core concepts, such as bitmap objects, 
slices, queues, and buffers. I never did 
quite figure out what the NewTypes vari- 
ables are all about. Related to this is Blitz 
2's somewhat eccentric character. I real- 
ize that software evolution requires us to 
break new ground and sometimes for- 
sake old, familiar turf, but is it really nec- 
essary to change the name of the old turf 
in the process? For example, why "Edit" 
rather than "Input?" 

I didn't like Blitz 2's editing system, 
either. Pressing the Return key while 
your cursor is on a line inserts a line be- 
low the one you're on. All strings require 
an end-quote. Auto-indenting doesn't 
exist. Text scrolling is too fast. You can't 
delete a line with a simple backspace or 
delete. The editor is picky about spacing. 
Hey, maybe it's me that's picky, but all 
language creators should realize their 
potential clients are going to be spend- 
ing most of their time inside the editor. 
It better be kind. 

I did like one holdover from the orig- 
inal Blitz: The right side of the editing 
screen is preserved for procedure labels 
you add to your program. Click a label, 
and you dive directly into that section of 
code, a great timesaver in long pro- 
grams. Also, compiling and making 
icon-executable programs couldn't be 
easier. A few clicks is all it takes. 

Prognosis: Healthy 

Blitz BASIC 2 is an improvement over 
the original Blitz in every respect. It 
isn't the most powerful BASIC avail- 
able for the Amiga; it definitely isn't 
the most user-friendly. But it is a good 
choice for creating lightning-fast games, 
and an excellent choice for combining 
BASIC and assembly language. One 
thing's certain: Its entry into the fray 
proves that BASIC is alive and well. 

— Markjordan 

Continued on p. 80 



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A2000, A3000, A4000. 
Internal, PC-slot connection. 
Installation: Moderate. 
Hard-drive-installable software. 
Not copy protected. 
2.0 compatible. 
Accelerator compatible. 
Minimum system: 1MB of RAM. 
Recommended system: 1 + MB of RAM, 

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If you need PC compatibility, Vortex lias 
the cutting edge in PC-compatibles to- 
day: 486 power. The Golden Gate 
486SLC is a close cousin to Vortex's 
386SX bridgeboard reviewed last month. 
Installation for both boards is identical, as 
are the emulator software and basic fea- 
tures. The CPU, a 25 MHz Cyrix 486SLC, 
is the most significant difference. 

Like the 68040 chip, the 80486 runs 
very hot. The first board I received 
sported a massive heat sink above the 
CPU. The design was adequate in the 
A2000 and A3000, but the A4000's lim- 
ited circulation proved injurious to the 
Golden Gate. When I reported that it 
crashed frequently from heat exhaustion 
in my A4000, Vortex responded by plac- 
ing a fan on all of its new boards. While 
this soh'es the problem, I strongly rec- 
ommend you put the card only in the 
top slot, where it lias the greatest op- 
portunity to breathe. 

Room for Expansion 

The 486 board comes with 2- or 8MB of 
memory and expands to 16MB. This is 
a vast improvement over the default 
512K. on the 386SX board. Two megs, 
however, are barely sufficient to run 
Windows. Consider expanding to six if 
you ran Windows applications often. 

The board has sockets for a math co- 
processor (S 1 29) and custom (loppy-disk 
controller (S89). If you don't already own 
a 5.25-inch floppy drive, do you need to 
purchase the optional controller? 
Maybe. If you have a high-density drive 
in your Amiga, the Golden Gate treats il 
as a high-density DOS drive. If you own 
only a 880K drive, however, you'll need 
the controller to read industry-standard 
high-density disks. If you don't think 
that's very important, try to find any 
commercial software that is shipped on 
720K disks these days. 

Vortex thoughtfully includes an IDF. 
interface on the board, so adding a PC 



hard drive is as easy as plugging it in. 
Vortex provides even more flexible stor- 
age options, however: You may desig- 
nate an AinigaDOS partition as the PC 
hard disk or even create your C: drive 
out of a single (albeit, large) Amiga file on 
your hard disk. The file method is fast 
and easy and allows you to back up the 
PC with any Amiga back-up program. 
The disadvantage is that it makes a very 
slow PG hard disk. An AinigaDOS parti- 
tion is just as fast as a dedicated PC hard 
disk, but it is messy because you have to 
reformat your hard drive to create the 
PC partition to begin with. 

I've found the ideal solution is a re- 
movable-media Syquest drive, because it 
lets you use the partition method with 
your existing Amiga storage system with- 
out reformatting all of your previous 
work. You can add hard disks to the 486 
simply by formatting new cartridges, and 
the Svquest is still available to the Ami- 
ga at all times. Additionally, Syquest's 
SQ5 1 10C is perfect for this task. It reads 
and writes both 44MB and 88MB car- 
tridges: Now you can tailor the right size 
cartridge to specific applications like 
data storage, hard disk backup, and 
booting multiple operating systems. 

Looks Like a PC, 
Acts Like a PC . . . 

I was very interested to see just bow well 
Vortex's board behaved. Many emula- 
tors provide superficial compatibility but. 
falter when challenged. I installed a Su- 
per-VGA card, sound card, game port, 
Windows 3. 1 , and a slew of Windows and 
DOS applications. 1 also tested the Ami- 
ga's parallel, serial, and mouse ports 
while under the Golden Gate's control. 

The Golden Gate supported video 
cards without a hitch; multiple brands 
worked great. Vortex's MonitorMastcr 
($148), a software controlled switch box, 
makes using the Golden Gate on vour 
Amiga multisync monitor a joy. 

My first attempt at. sound, Media Vis- 
ion's Thunder board, wasn't qttite as trou- 
ble-free. The emulator would not recog- 
nize any of the board's audio interrupts, 
meaning that while the Thunder board 
was able to behave as an Ad Lib card, soft- 
ware that looked for a Sottndblaster 
crashed. I swapped the Thunder board 
for a Reveal Sound FX, which functioned 
flawlessly. Like man)' combination boards 
these days, the Sound FX includes a game 
port, and joysticks worked great with a 
variety of games as well. 

I had no problems getting any produc- 
tivity software to install or run properly 
on the Golden Gate. 1 felt like 1 was using 
a full-fledged PC. Windows 3. 1 ran speed- 
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iiy (although die entire system was beg- 
ging Cor more than my four megs of'mem- 
ory), both in Standard and 386-Enbanced 
Mode (which features virtual memory). 

Although the Golden Gate doesn't 
recognize die Amiga's joystick port, it 
docs use the Amiga mouse as a Microsoft 
mouse after you've installed the appro- 
priate driver. I didn'1 encounter a single 
problem getting any software to respond 
to the rodent, although mouse move- 
ment was a bit fast (due perhaps to the 
speed of my A4000): the slowest setting 
in Windows was just about right, but in 
DOS, the cursor was possessed by the 
"Mouse Accelerator From Hell." 

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parallel and serial ports. Printing through 
the Amiga's parallel port was completely 
transparent in both DOS and Windows. 
(Under Windows, however, use the 
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Both my dot matrix and laser printer 
yielded gorgeous results with Windows' 
TrueType fonts. As for the serial port, I 
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worked just as well under Windows as it 
did through the Workbench. 



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PC emulators before, because their short- 
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resources found on the G-Force). 

Like most other GVP accelerators, the 
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SCSI hard-disk controller on board. Able 
10 control up to seven SCSI devices, it 
has two separate SCSI connections. On 
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nector for devices installed within the 
computer, while a second external SCSI 
connection is also available for external 
devices. The G-Force SCSI uses the same 
high-performance DMA design of other 
CAT controllers, with additional disk- 
speed improvments due to the speed- 
demon 68040. 

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serial port and a second parallel port. 
You can configure the serial port with 
rates as high as 625,000 baud, though a 
more realistic top rate is about 1 15,000. 
The parallel port is simply a second par- 
allel port and operates at the same per- 
formance rates of the Amiga's existing 
port. GVPIOContrpl and GVTSerial con- 
trol these extra ports. 

Testing the Force 

To test the G-Force 010 Combo I placed 
it in my Toaster-equipped A2000. 1 tried 



it with the Toaster's Switcher, Toaster- 
CG, ToasterPaint, and LightWave. All 

operated properly and, more impor- 
lantly. much faster then they did with 
the 25 MHz 68030 card I used previ- 
ously. (Note that under some situations 
the floating-point routines in the 68040 
are slightly slower than the 50 MHz 
68882 usee! with some 50 MHz 68030 
accelerators. When software is written to 
take full advantage of the 68040, how- 



and A4000 (25 MHz). Thanks to its 33 
MHz processor, the G-Force is much 
faster than even the A4000 in integer 
and floating-point operations. Graphics, 
of course, are slower than on the A4000 
(after all, the A4000 has the new high- 
speed AGA custom graphics chips), and 
are slightly slower than on the A3000. 

The bottom line is that once again 
CAT is ottering a serious accelerator card 
suitable for the most demanding of ap- 



Table 1- 


AIBB Version 5 Results 




Note: Values indicate the 


System 
A500 


Integer 

21.22 


Graphics 
5.95 


Floating Point 
55.07 


factor by which the G-Force 040 
is faster than the listed system. 
For example, the G-Force 


A3000 


3.26 


0.78 


3.84 


is 21.22 times faster than the 


A4000 


1.61 


0.37 


1.30 


A500 at integer operations. 



ever, the 68040 cards are faster.) 

For a second test, I ran AIBB \5, the 
standard in benchmark programs for the 
Amiga. Version 5 offers a report that 
combines similar tests into a single 
grouped result, so the numbers more 
closely represent real-world conditions. 
fable 1 illustrates the differences among 
the G-Force, A500, A3000 (35 MHz), 



plications. While I was a bit disappoint- 
ed that all features of the card are lost 
when you reboot to 68000 mode, most 
people who buy this card won't be run- 
ning software that requires a 68000 to 
operate. Ifyou are in need of a really fast 
accelerator card for the A2000, the G- 
Force 040 Combo will get the job done. 
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•Disk-based animations must be complete 
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•Please include name, address and phone 
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The Koshan Conspiracy 

By Peter Olafson 

A SCIENCE-FICTION role-playing game. The Koshan Con- 
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a well. In (act, the designers claim it's live times larger than its 
predecessor, B.A.T. 

There's always something different to do — wandering a vast, 
multipart city, talking at length with the numerous inhabitants 
(many of whom don't speak your lingo), playing a game within 
the game, programming a computer within your computer, or 
just traveling. Traveling is a trip. The game features four flight 
simulators and a very speech' driving sequence on the city's Via- 
Express highways. There are also two arcade sequences (versions 
ol C hinese Checkers and Breakout ), one board game (a pleas- 
ant turn on Pipe Dream), and two types of combat. Along for 
the ride again is your little compiuer-cum-wristwatch, B.O.B, 
which oilers a number of helpful junctions and its own icon- 
based prog rammin g language for providing new ones. (The 
language even has — get this — a compiler.) It's much better doc- 
umented than it was the first time around, and the icons make 
it far less intimidating to use. 

Most of the game is sei on the planet of Shedishan, where 
you begin in the Romanesque city of Roma II. But, let's just say 
there's even more to the game than initially meets the eye, eh? 

Very close to the original B.A.T. in spirit, The Koshon Con- 
spiracy again has been rendered in the style of a graphic ad- 
venture, with multiple windows, the shape of the cursor indi- 
cating the relevant command, and in the same slightly 
unwashed graphic style. (Same font, even.) 




When in Roma II, watch out for the Romans. 

While B.A.T. was fairly compact, however, Koshan leaves 
the impression of boundlessness. Those graphic windows now 

scroll left and right. You can have up to five characters in your 
party, and they have memories that can be added to (and that 
need to be refreshed). Conversations are far more elaborate, 
with a host of general areas of inquiry, as well as highlighted 
keywords (in the style of Ultima VI) thai the program then 
adds to the general list lor future use. Characters give detailed 
directions, there are cultures to assimilate, and the game ob- 

Continued on p. 93. 



Lure of the Temptress \Konami. 
$49.95) starts off in the classic 
mode: with you in a cell. Nasty 
place, with no hidden items and no 
evident ways out save the door, 
which is very locked. There is that 
torch on the wall and the straw be- 
neath, however; and last time I 
looked one plus one still equaled 
two. Give the torch a tug and then 
get over next to the door. The guard 
will soon come in to put out the re- 
sultant blaze, and you should take 
this opportunity to nip out. (Be sure 
to lock the door behind you or he'll 
follow you.) 

Now you can explore the rest of 
the dungeon at your leisure. For 
starters, talk to the prisoner chained 
to the wall. He doesn't have much to 



CRIB NOTES By Peter Olafson 



say yet — he wants water first — so 
you'll need to find him a sip of 
something. There's not much else 
you can do in here (not yet, at least), 
so head into the Guard Room. You'll 
need the knife atop the barrel and 
the bottle |the stuff of which drinks 
are made). And take a look at that 
sack, eh? (For a nonrequired bit of 
fun, take a peek through the grate in 
the left side of the wall.) 

Next stop is the torture cham- 
ber. Use the knife to free Rat- 
pouch — the guy on the rack — and 
you'll make a friend for life (or at 
least for three disks). He'll follow 
you everywhere — including back 



to the room outside your cell with 
the chained prisoner. Give the pris- 
oner the drink, and he'll tell you 
about a certain section of wall and 
give you directions before he 
breathes his last. You're too weak 
yourself to be doing much wall 
pushing, so it's convenient that 
your obedient servant Ratpouch is 
lingering about to do your bidding. 
(Bear this in mind later in the 
game; it may save you some time.) 
Olf you go into the sewers with a 
neat little animated sequence. It's 
apparently a one-way trip, by the 
way, so you may want to save your 
game first. 



This would be a good spot to 
start making your map of Turn- 
vale. It's not huge, but there are 
lots of similar-looking locations. 
The best approach is simply to fol- 
low the prisoner's directions and 
seek out Luthern the blacksmith. 
His digs are roughly to the north 
and west. (You'll probably hear 
him at work before you see him.) 
Take the tlnderbox, and be sure to 
have a chat with Luthern before 
you leave. 

Now's as good a time as any to 
learn the lay of the land, so make 
like a tourist, wander around and 
question everyone about the miss- 
ing girl (name of Geowin). You may 
have noticed that you're not accum- 
Continued on p. 93. 



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jectivcs are pleasantly sophisticated and grown-up. (You'll 
start out trying to gather enough property titles to claim the 
precious echiatone deposits.) 

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to. L can't recall the last time I found such a joyful and endless 
assemblage of entertaining things to do in one place. Ah, va- 
riety. You can't beat it. I wasn't bored even once. 

On the other hand, I was mighty frustrated on several oc- 
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the time, and its live disks won't install on a hard drive, The 
docs claim Koshan supports extra floppy drives, but while the 
program did. under some circumstances, recognize a disk in 
dfl:, it didn't load from it. It doesn't seem to like — much less 
use — fast RAM above one meg. Even filling five disks, the Ami- 
ga version appears spartan beside the glamorous IBM take, 
which displays sumptuous colors throughout and some ray- 
traced animations. 

Continued on p. 96. 



CRIB NOTES 



From p. 90. 

ulnting many items. That's soon to 
change. Before long, you'll come 
across a fellow in green named 
Mallin. He has an errand for you — a 
simple delivery — and upon its com- 
pletion you'll get some moolah and 
a gem. The moolah is for spending. 
(Speaking of which, try bribing 
Markus at the Magpie somewhere 
along the line.) The gem goes to the 
barmaid at the Magpie and earns 
you a flask of ale. 

Time to report back to Luthern 
about Geowin. He'll send you off 
to see Grub, who's sitting outside 
the Magpie. Before you go, allow 
Luthern to drink the ale. (You nev- 
er know when you're going to 
need a nice empty flask. | Grub is a 
talkative bloke, and if you inquire 
after the dragon, he'll tell you 
about a wizard and turn over a 
lockpick, (The latter goes to Rat- 
pouch.) Now, off to the Severed 
Arms (just north of the black- 
smith's) for a chat with the woman 
sitting by the fire. She knows 
about the wizard, and will eventu- 
ally turn over his diary. 

Now you're cooking with gas — 
literally. Read the diary. It'll give 
you some bright ideas. The wizard's 
house is off the marketplace, so 
toodle over there and have Rat- 
pouch pick the lock for you. (Save 
your game before doing so, as the 
consequences are, well, unpre- 
dictable.) Within, look at the wiz's 
chemistry set and use the black- 
smith's tinderbox to get the gas 
burner going. When the liquid boils, 
collect some of it in the flask. Now, 
get out of there pronto, because a 



Skorl guard is on his way to turn 
out your lights. 

Head west and north up to Were 
Gate and have a nip from your 
flask. (You may be able to pull this 
off on Middle Street as well, but 
it's the sort of thing that should 
probably be performed in private.) 
Wow! Elvira, eat your heart out. 
You've turned into Selena the sor- 
ceress. Now you have only to head 
east to Middle Street, where your 
new form persuades the Skorl 
guard to let you into Town Hall and 
convinces the Skorl within to re- 
lease Geowin. 

This is one of the neat parts of 
the game. Again, it's not required, 
but it's great fun to stroll about as 
Selena, talking to the folks you've 
already dealt with as Diermot. A 
lot of attention has been lavished 
on these situations, and it's good 
for some horse laughs. The potion 
apparently wears off on its own, 
but if you've had your fill, just 
head over to the castle wall — east 
of Town Half — and the magic will 
expire, leaving you as Diermot 
again. 

Have a talk with Geowin. She'll 
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ena, and so it's back to the black- 
smith's a third time to learn what 
he has in mind. He'll ask whether 
you're in or out. (This is apparently 
window dressing rather than a sto- 
ry branch; it doesn't matter what 
you say.) So, hey, be a team player. 
Tell him you're in. Then go looking 
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other job for you. 

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From p. 93. 

Varied or not, on a couple of levels, the Amiga version got 
short shrift, A shame. 



If you're a fan of Giger's art or a hard-core adventurer, you 
might enjoy Darkseed. It is a beautiful game, but beauty is only 
skin deep. 



Darkseed 



Traders 



By Rob Lawrence 

AS DARKSEED'S (CYBERD REAMS, $69.95) Mike Dawson, a 
writer who's new to town, you discover your new house con- 
tains the portal to a parallel realm that's influenced by your 
actions in the "real" world. Unless you can break the link be- 
tween the evil alien inhabitants and vour world, it's curtains 

For everyone. 




The neighbors are more than nasty in Darkseed, 

Hands down, Darkseed's biggest asset is its graphic qual- 
ity. The scenes are in hi-res, and the only bothersome flick- 
er is in the message window. The backgrounds' faded, 
gloomy palettes, together with the suspcnseful sound tracks. 
create an air of mystery. Much of the dark-side scenery is 
comprised of the half-organic, half-mechanical artwork of 
Swiss artist H.R. Giger (the designer of Alien). Spot anima- 
tion also adds life to many scenes, and character animation 
is quite realistic in many ways. Especially notable is the 
smooth, perspective scaling; as Mike walks into die back- 
ground, he gradually shrinks. Darkseed also has many im- 
pressive sound effects, including lengthy digitized speech 
(albiet never coordinated with the character's gum-chewing 
lip motions). 

Gone is the old guess-and-type interaction of earlier 
games. This may limit your chances to experiment, but the 
new mouse-driven control saves precious minutes (this is a 
time-based game) by indicating the immediately usable ob- 
jects and exits. I was, however, disappointed to find that you 
have no control over conversation. (Don't turn to the man- 
ual with questions; it's useless.) 

After many grueling hours. I finally conquered Darkseed. 
I wish I hadn't; the ending was so stupid that I wanted to cry. 
The action is often painfully slow, and the game is very lin- 
ear, allowing for few alternate routes. My biggest complaint? 
Darkseed is too damn small. For a game that spans seven 
disks (install it on a hard drive to avoid disk-swapping-in- 
duced insanity) and requires a meg of RAM, I'd expect the 
town to have more than just a police station, a store, a library, 
and a barber shop that you can't even enter. 



By Peter Olafson 

THAT'S ONE STUBBORN M.U.I..K. in EA's stable. Ii just 
keeps kicking. The addictive trading game Dan Buntcn cre- 
ated for eight-bit computers in the early 1980s has regularly 
turned up on lists of classics that gamers would like to see re- 
born on (he Amiga. 

In the world of commercial games, that's usually just wish- 
ful thinking, but this lime, someone listened. Merit Software 
has harnessed a very nice clone from Switzerland's Linel 
label. And, generally speaking. Traders (S14.95) has the kick 
of a. . .well, ofaM.U.L.E. 

It pits you against three computer- or human-controlled 
"Plubbers" trying to make their fortune on the planet Fat-Star 
by raising and collecting rabbits, roses, perfume, and water — 
how adorable — while fending oil" a landlordlv critter named 
Fat Mike. 

Naturally, they're all related — rabbits make water and eat 
roses, and you need a rose-based perfume to catch them — and 
so there's a brisk commodities market with a haunlingly fam- 
iliar mechanism for bidding. All the while, you'll contend with 
the influence of weather, random events, and Fat Mike (who 
parcels out land and collects rent). You can also play the lot- 
tery and send rockets to other worlds to collect snails — if 
pirates don't collect your rockets first. 

This is just the basic game, too. Traders has lots of options 
that permit you to tailor it to your liking and ability, (The ad- 
vanced game, with an elaborate robot battle sequence, sets 
Traders apart from its illustrious predecessor.) The graph- 
ics are functional — not great, but as good as they need to 
be — and Traders has some of the best game-playing music 
I've heard. 

I can't really complain about the play. It' 1 - essentially 
M.U.L.E.'s, and the parts not modeled on M.U.I..E. show 
that game's indomitable spirit. But one cautionary note here: 
One of M.U.L.E.'s great virtues was accessibility, you could 
pick it up just by playing. Traders, however, is not a good 
game to learn on line. I tried, and most of the time had lit- 
tle or no idea what was going on. A lot of data gets thrown 
at you, albeit in a clever formal; read the excellent 27-page 
manual first. 

Traders also doesn't come hard-disk reach-. References to 
dl(l: are written into the code; the program looks lor tfie game 
disk in the internal drive regardless of where the files reside. 
You can overcome this easily, if you're semi-adept with a hex 
editor such as NewZap. (I changed the two dfO: references in 
my back-up copy of TRADERS INTRO to dhO:.) But it's still a 
nuisance to have to force a game to do something it should 
have done voluntarily. (Traders does load far more quickly 
from hard disk.) 

Nor does Traders run under 2.04 or 3.0. And the copy pro- 
tection is unforgiving; one mistake in translating the code and 
the program declares your program to be "counterfeit." Now 
isn't that .special. 

Despite quibbles about not being as accessible as the origi- 
nal M.U.L.E., the rigamarole about installing the game on a 
hard disk, and die frustratingly inane copy-protection scheme, 
it's still a pretty good game. This stubborn M.U.L.E. hasn't lost 
its kick. I recommend Traders. Anv more at home like vou? ► 



96 April 1993 



GAME 



P R E S E R V E 



SHORT TAKES By Peter Olafson 



Bill's Tomato Game 

Bill's Tomato Game ($49.99) is a natural upshot of Lemmings' success. In 
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a grinning little 'mato to an outbound conveyor belt by strategically placing 
jack-in-the-boxes, trampolines, and fans with the mouse. Succeed, and ad- 
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You'll love it. The interface is simple point-and-click educational software 
at its best. The puzzles are the devil's work. By Level 3, you'll be figuring 
to be done with all 100 scenarios by lunch. By Level 6 you'll be sending out 
for lunch and swearing that you won't get back to work until you finish just 
one more. And at 5 PM, you'll still be on Level 6. 



A-Train 

In A-Train ($69.95), Sim City marries Railroad Tycoon at their accoun- 
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Maxis borrows Some delightful bits from each game — the amusement parks 
you'll build even have fireworks shows — but is more bound up with fi- 
nances and detail work, right down to train departure times. The lo-res 
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its earlier incarnation on the IBM seemed rather cold. And picking out the 
engines will have your nose pasted to the monitor screen like a kid in a toy 
store. Tougher to master than Sim and Tycoon — it'll take some training — 
but still rewarding. (Hey, no subways!) 



The Legend of Kyrandia 

Good lord, what a gorgeous game. The Legend of Kyrandia (Virgin 
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Caveat: The game's content is a bit on the antiseptic and child-safe 
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Dragon's Lair III: 
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Dragon's Lair III {S59.95) is the first of the four Dragon's Lair games — 
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that the charm and fluidity of the original animation — still featuring 
goofy knight Dirk the Daring and blonde wolf-whistle-inspiring Princess 
Daphne — remain the same Unfortunately, not much else has changed, 
including the twin frustrations of the one-note solutions and lack of 
hard-disk support. Delightful while it lasts — 27 scenes' worth— but we 
had a right to expect more in the wake of Guy Spy. 



Diplomacy 

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Reich and now with Diplomacy ($34.95). A PD version of this Great War-era 
strategy game has been around for years on the Amiga, but it didn't offer com- 
puter opponents. This one does — as many as you need — and they're smart 
little buggers, too. As in the case of Third Reich, this isn't a graphical or son- 
ic tour de force — and a computer really can't replace the huge human element 
intheboard game — but it's fast and challenging, and it shows off the delightful 
complexities of the game. (It's also very economically priced.) 



Brides or Dracula 

I don't quite know what to make of this weird vampire game from Eng- 
land's Gonzo label (distributed here by HolEyware). On one hand. Brides of 
Dracula (S29.95) does have some sly appeal. There's a rather neat two-play- 
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brides or as van Helsing trying to assemble his Vampire Destruction Kit.) 
The graphics are detailed and vivid — the packaging claims 236 simultane- 
ous colors — and the ability to open doors and explore buildings gives the 
game an adventure cast. 

This van Helsing, however, walks like aturn-of-the-century nerd. It prob- 
ably isn't for pre-teens; there are lots of, uh, picturesque women in here 
wearing less than Madonna in high summer. (A recurring theme in vam- 
pire games: Remember the full frontal nudity in Vampire's Empire?) The 



game would have benfitted from some fleshing out of a different kind — say, 
a "search" or "talk" function. A curiosity, at least. 



Schelober's Quest for A Babe 

The title and the six-pack belch that introduces the game make this 
sound sophomoric. The game proper (3DK, S26 money order or S30 COD) 
is anything but. Schelober's Quest for A Babe is basically Gauntlet with puz- 
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man around collecting keys, food, and loot (called bucks and chunks). The 
levels are many, massive, and often tricky. The pure joystick control is su- 
perb. And, naturally, it goes on hard disk. 



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Paladin had The Scrolls of Talmouth. Paladin II has The Dark One (Im- 
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scenarios are intended for advanced Paladin characters, but they're a very 
tough lot, without any much let-up, and it might have been nice to throw 
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TC31AB: C.alej irj a t P_ ub[isflej is a professional-caliber calendar mak< 
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utility. Ema Qellifliy Man is a maze game where you deliver pies i 
your neighborhood. Muliintayftr is a single program thai will let you s€ 
IFF pictures'brushes or playback IFF sound samples. Also include 
RAMgauge. 3-D vector objects and Hi-Res IFF brushes of maps ar 
flags of European countries. 

TC25AB: ScreenTolFF captures your screen to an IFF file. PopColoi 
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shoot'em-up'adventure game for one or Iwo players Kaieid.QICOjie =s 
line drawing program, BlockbusLQis is a game where you gel rid * 
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TC1 1 : DskSaivage will fix corrupted d sks and recover deleted file 
Sconrvleister 15 an advanced Icon editor. AlienDuel is a last. shool'em-L 
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VDT1: Imagine Enhancer - T3D converts Imagine objects lo OFF, MFF. VORT. 
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VOI Q: Imagine Enhancer- iCccns. and ISL sjpplempn! Ihe object and scene editors 
FD36: UCncss: The sircnges: raying Chess program available lor the Amiga peri- 
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FDB4: Games! Deluxe PacMan is betier than the origin a!- -20+ mazes, special 
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WB12E: EdPtayei music MOD pl.iyc-r mat looks, ads and plays like youf CD piay 
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WB124: Fbjgs of ihe World ■ Two modes click and learn or a game to tesi your 
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republics Req Workbench 2.0- 4 i MB RAM 

WB123A.B: flags ol Ihe World - samu as above, but for 1.3. Req. 1MB 
WBI 22; System Dpiimizer - KCommodiiy enhances your system, gives memory 
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HDMem will allow you to ass up to 2 mags ol hard -tinva space tor virtual memory' 
{Roq. 68020* w/MMU] All programs toouire 2 0+. 

WBI 21: PrcPnge3 Enhancer - This disk contains over 4C "Gerties" tor use wi|h 
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V/B 1 20: Grinder - a complete graphics conversion package Ihal supports GlF'a, 
JPeg, Noochrome. Degas. PCX. Tatga. TlFF. HAM-E and IFF format pictures. 
DD90: Advanced Uliiilies - CcmpressDisk doubles the capably ot your hard-df ivo 
en the fly wilh compression!!! Also contains: disk optimizer. SCSI mouni uHity, 
Keymap editors, Enlorcer. Undelete! £ more Most programs require 2 0- 
OD69: UEdlt Probably rne most powerful io«i editor ever wnnen for the Amiga 
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Fun Disks/ 



FOG: GAMES! - Thta disk is chock lull ct games inciudinc: Checkers. Clue, Gold ■ A 
now slide ihe pieces puzzle. Jeopard - An enhanced version ol Risk, RushHour - 
Surpuslngly addicting, and SpaceW?r ■ Best described as a cross between Cornbal- 
Tanks and asieioids 

F07: Pacmen ■ This disk contahs several pacman lyoa games indud 5 ng; PacMana;. 
M&zeMan and 2onin, 

FD1Q: KnckUle ■ A dungeon adventure game Considered a must-have classic Ttiis 
is the 2nd rt-iease ot this game Great graphic mierface Play time several weeks i 
FOI 1 : Lai Vegas »nd Card Games - Las Vegas Craos - The best Las Vegas Craps 
simulation every written for any computer. Contains extensive HELP features. Also 
Thirty -One .VJdeoPotier and more 

F012A.FDt2B: Star TftJt, TheGenw ■ Trus is by far the best Star Trek game ever 
written lor any computer II leatures mouse control, good graphics, digitized sound 
eftecis and great gamepPay. Counts as 2 disks. Req. iMd and two drives (or ho"., 
FD13: Board Games - contans Monopoly. Dominoes, Paranoids, and Others. 
FD14: Dungeon Master Hints and Arcade Games ■ OM maps, spells, item locatron. 
and hints and more, also on this disk. Hball - an arkanoidtreakout type game. TriK ■ a 
Qm type clone. 

FD17: Educational Games - TI-js disk includes several games lor youngsters includ- 
ing geography, math, science, and word games, also includes Wheel ol Foflune 
FD20: Tactlcil Games - MechForce; A game thai simulates combat between two or 
more giant rooots Simple words can t begm Io give you Bin feel of pooling a 30 • 40 
loot till, fire Dreaming, eartn shaking colossus ihal obeys your every whim. 
FD2T: Arcade Games - This disk is loaded with sorre great games Includes, 
Haceorama a great racing car game with ton diHetent courses, MimBiast a helicopter 
gunshp type clone. Shark in the same class a.S frogger. and SBrcakuu! Ififl Original 
breakout wiih more. 

FD29: Shoot em ups - VW/ll - you're the pilot Ol a WWll plane flying through eneffy 
terntory, you've jusi been sponed. good luck on you mission. SpyKjIie* ■ try and pene- 
trate enomy lines wilh Ihis gam&. and RelaPiatur - another gmat garsie 
FD31: GamosT - Air Traffic Corirol - a Qood ATC simulation, Slack Jack Lab - a lull 
leatured sel of card games. CriessTel ■ play chuaS wilh yout friend in distant ana 
remote places with this game and a modem, labyrinth - a well done tern advenluio 
gamfi ■ikic an infocom game), and Mou&eTiap - a 3d nine game 
DD83: IBM - Net one. out TWO IBM emulators that will anew rhe running of 
MS-DOS software 1 iirTftAm^progtamsl 1 ' Comes complete wfft programs 
lo turn your Amiga iloppy drives mto 720K J8M ca mpaiBble drives 
FD32: Flight Simulator -An instrument nghi smuiatorfo'aDCiC 
FD33r Arcade Games - Ftreddy a Mano Brothers lype ol game. Geitxls a target prac- 
tice game, PipeLine a German mierpretanon ot Pipe Dreams. Tron a lighi cycles ver- 
sion, and Welroids a wonderful version ol asteroids with a hilarious twisi 
FD35: Omegn (V 1.3) An outstanding dunguon and outdoors advenJure game in a 
similai vein as hack, rouge, and moria This version Is considerably taster and betier 
lhat ai previous versions Play t«me weeks 

FD3B: Games Cnbbago Master - A greai cribbage game and tutor Spades - n well 
done card came. ChmeseCfieckers - A computer version ot this cfassic, Puis ■ a slide 
piece puzzle game and construction set. 

FD39A&B: Ster Trek, The New Generation - This is a completely different version 
of Star Trek than that found on FDi2. TniS one was created by the German author 
Tobias E«celien! ll! CGonisasTwod5sk5 Requites 512k 

FD50 Submarine Game - Sealsnce. one and a haH years in the making, wis ts an 
outstandng submarine tact-cal game Commercial qualify, highly recommended. 
FD57: Arcado Games - induces 2 truly commercial Quality games MegaBa;i, in 
A/kano-d *sh game, features 5 musical scores and addicting gameplay Gravity Attack 
is a psychadeliic trip ihiough several dillerem worlds— each distinctly different 
FD59 Game Potpourri - Xenoi III is an almost enact clone ol the commercial game 
ot the same name., a great shootemup Crossword will taxe lists of wqids i automati- 
cally generate word-search puzzles tor any Epson compatible punier. 
FD60: Games - In Nebula, race over a 3d world to dastroy enemy instaltatiors. 
Inlerferon; a grt'jfDr Mario clone. Enigma; is il a game or puzzle? 
FD6): Games Soij.aire; great graphics, plays two versions Ktide: an interesting 
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sirnulaTron Requ^es 1 fneflabyte ol rrnmioT 

FD6J: Games - Wjziy s Ouesl • a -great' SO lovnt game wtlh gieai OfaONcS. CuOus - 
a 3dirnon$ional Telris lype game [tntale and move in 3 dimensions) Husker Du - 
Colors and patiecn father man shaoe in this Tetris-esque game. 5 screens and 3 lew- 
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WB105A&B: Workbench 2+ Extras #2 

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jour TOOL menu. Vitus Piotrflinii - Dirvnukr. Kon - Cnhancn WiMkhcrichi 
"Show AIT lo dhpUs over -HI distinct teems forditfcrml lypc% nt lilfs. Bitmap 
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Ki^u*s.ier Ilnhaaccis am. CPflflliL Two di&k set. Counts Ox two. 



FDS7: Arcade - Induces Llamatrcn a well-dane floboiron clone, Ha:e is a "remtrc" 
Zanxon done wilh mulilple levels 'wo rids and smooth diagonal scrolling a I0 1 
FDG9: MindGames - Had enough ot shool-em up games? Ptjlnx nrd Tel Ihese 21 
games exercise your mind instead of your wrist 

F071A&B: Star Trek: TMG Trivia Cnallange ■ So you think yc-u know The Next 
Generation, huh 7 Comp'Pin wim lanlastic sampled sounds and digitized images, tj.is 
game oven iooks and Soufids liku a gunuin-e Stai Trek terminal! VERY thorotjgft and 
complote 1 Counts as 2 ctsks 

FD73: Arcade Series Intruder Alert' is a MULTI-level "Berserk" clone Features 
smooth gameplay, grea! nraphes £ dtgrtued sound tn. 

FD74: Arcade Series - RmgWar is an "Outer LimiE" clone wim vectonzed gtapnies. 
MotherLoCe is a "Loda Runner"' done with 50 levels! In BltliTanks. they're coming at 
you from all directions" Call m air strikes and use your neavy ainllery to survive! 
F0?5: Arcade Series - pnscunder is a done of the classic atcade game 'Tempest": 
complete with vectorized ginphics. Tanx is trie Classic Dattlu of liajuotgnes and inertia 
bolween two tanks— incredibly well done' Search 15 a maze game unlike any other— 
mended is a level editor too. (Tanx requires 1 meg chip memory-Fat Agnus) 
FD77: Arcade Serin • Galaga/M IS a done ot the arcade game with several game- 
play enhancements- -with smooooth. sharp graphics, it's caller than ihe original 1 
Pharaohs Curse is a done ot the original C6-s classic. Diplomacy is a beautifully com- 
puterized version ef trie Avalon Hill board game-conquer or be conquered' 
FDS1: SuperGames - Some of Jfwbest games-Ctonkey Korkgis betier Iran the orig- 
inal wifn art eitiva lereP Frantic Freddie and TraiI3lazer are both fast paced arcade 
games. Mad Bomber is the classic game of nxaboorn' redone witti an Amiga Hare All 
ot mese games are eiceHem 1 

FDB-2: fnlrepld * In the Arctic ice. you control a tank on a mission to rescue Hostages 
m this superbly crated Amiga original 

SrcciAL Product! 

QTl; Tke A64 PACKAGE - A very complete Commodore 64 emulaior. 
Supports any CPU and is fully compatible wilh WBi 3 & 2,0. This version 
includes a speciaj adaptor thai will allow you Io corvee! your 6*'s t54t disk 
drive to your pwalEel port ol your Amiga for total emulation. Two disk set. 
counts as two. Special price $49.95 • including hardware 

Workbench Disks/ 

WS4: Telecommunication - This disk contains several e*ceilent pd communication 
pnograms: Access i.*z. Ccmm 1 3* & Handshake ?.12a. 

Was: Fonts #1- Several lonK [35} for me Amiga, also included are five PapeSlrcam 
fonts, and SbowFont - a font display program. 

VYB6: Fonts #2 - ShawFon! allows you to qjicklf and painressly view all 256 charac- 
ters in a typical forii. Includes large AmigaDos system fonls (man r up to 56pts>. 
WB7: Clip Art This disk is loaded wilh black and while clip art Art includes, trees. 
watches, tools. US and State maps, and mora 

WR9: (corns - Trul/ a multitude of various types and hinds Also includes IconMiester. 
iconLab. and others great utilities to help generate icons 

WB10: Virus KiElera • The best VirusX(<l 0). Kv(2 1). and ZeroVrus ill 
WB12- Disk Utilities - This great disk is loaded with wonderful utilities lor everything 
including making disk labels, disk cataloging, disk opnmiring. duk and life recovery 
archive and organizing, and all sorts ot fire manipulation A must have 1 
WBI 3: Printer Olivers end Generator ■ over 7D different drivers (including HP 
LaserJet 3A4% also includes a pnnier -driver generator 

WB15: Business - This disk contains a spreadsheet, a clatanase. a projectlime man- 
agement program and financial analysis (stocks), 

WBI 8: Word Tent Processors - This disk conlains the best editors 
Include sjesc I Plus <v2.2e) a full leaiured word processor, Dme(v1 35J great pro- 
grammers editor with slrong macro leatures. TbkED(v? 8} an enhanced Emacs type 
editor, and a spell checker 

WB22: Fonts #3 ■ Several more gieat fonts These, like ihe .ether font disks work 
greal with Dpainl and WYSIWYG word processors. 

WEBS: Graphics end Plotting - Plot, a 3-D mamematical function plotter Can plot 
any user defined tjnetjon. BezSurtS ■ produce awesome pictures ol objects one could 
turn on a lame. Can also map IFF image files onto any sortace that it can draw. Now 
ca mpapfate with most 3D packages, and VSaeen - makes a virtu al screen any^nrhete . 

The Amiga World "Best-Of" Set! 

FOS5ABCD: AmigaWorid's Best - Tfie*g tour c : .'■■jttssr 

p.'d games ol "92! Includes. Wother Lode. Mona. MiwfieW, Poing. Intruder 
Ain-it, Deltinie PacMw, Rocky and Super Arciilary l^e Dec "9? ArmpxivVorld) 
Four disk set. counts ar, thraa. 

WB25 Educational On Ihis disk are two p-ograms thai can generato maps of difler- 
mg types. World Dala Base uses Ihe CIA < data base to generate deioiled maps ol 
any entered user giobal coordinates. Also Parado* a giea" ?-■■ ■"> ~- "■'rr :r zr A b- ■: 
Einstem General Theory ol Retatrviry 

WB26: Disk Utilities *2 MrBackup. KwickBackup - two well done utnties to do hard- 
disk and floppy disk backups. FileMast - a binary tie editor, Labelpnntet - Disk label 
pnnter with very powerful features. 

WB27; Nag el - 26 Patrick Naget piduros ol beautiful women 
WB29: Graphics and Sound This disk has several different Mandflibroi lype pro- 
grams producing stunning graphics Includes MandeiMuufiiaifis - a realistic terrain 
gtaniwiUor, Fracgen - generate recursive Iractals from use? inpul. Mandelbrot and 
Tmandel - two las! mandoiorot genujalms, also Mostra the best IFF display program 
to dale. Sound - a great IFF sound player, will play anything 
WB33:Circuit Board Design - several terrific routines lor the electronic enthusiast. 
Induing PCEtod - a circuit board design loot. LogicLab - circuit logic lesler, and 
Mead (1.281 a we i done new release of ihis PD CAD program, now comes with pre- 
drawn common c**cu<l cXJmporients lor insertion into scnematcs 



WB3i: 3D Graphic* - This dtsk contains several rwai programs to use H01 your 3d 
modeing.raytr.King programs 3Fonts - Fuli vector font sel for use with 3d programs, 
FcnlMaKiw make 3d fonts Iron any system font, MakeSOShape - create 3d shapas 
from niiy image. OumptolFF - create 3d amm.itionn prusLrvus pallet, arid Wo>td3d ■ a 
dunvo program ol a fronl ond lor use wilh DKQRundur 

WB36: Grnphics < On this disk aro several programs to Create stunning grsphiciil 
trnagH including MPain ■ creates swirling galaxy images. Hoses - produce an unlimit- 
ed number of variations of images that a synimetncally similar to a lose. Sim Gen - d s- 
play mose spectacular images as pari of your workbench, and RayShade - a very 
gjood raytracmg program, create your Own beautiful 3d graphic models with this one' 
WB119ABCDE: Fonl Set Tns cotieewn contains over 100 typefaces for 
use wilh Prr)(«5siorial Page 3^ crPageSimam 2.1 +. These fonts wt>l cutpul 
to any laser printer or dot-matrix printer wiUt no jaggies, thahSis to OUTJine 
fonts. Very prr>lootur»g typefaces, 5 d'sk set counts as * 
WB37: Educational - Educational games and puziles Hal cover maih. geography, 
spelling, and books Arjes 6 ■ 15 

WB3B: Plotting end Graphics - Piotxy is a powerful futl leatured plotting package. 
Used by many colleges and unvefSilies. Highly meant morided Plans - a incredibly 
well cone Compuier Aided! Drafting program, very full lealuted Tesselator - a pro- 
gram thai helps geneiates fantastic looking, recursive M.C. Ecsner type pictures 
WB41 : Music MED an increcibly wetl done, full featured music editor, Create your 
own stunmng music directly or your me Amiga Similar to SoundTracker but betier 
Very powerful easy to use program Version 3 20, which is compatible with WB2* 
WB43: Business This disk contains AnalyliCalc probably Ihe most powerful 
Spreadsheet program on the Amiga. A lull featured spreadsheet with many feat urns 
expected m a commercial package Req 1 2 MS 

WB46- Clip Art ■ HighRes dtp art. with the following motirs - embellishments l.borue's, 
oooacls , ). people, and transportation. 

WB47: Clip Art H.rnr. clip ait IvTotils - hair, drafting, summer, animals and macfood 
WB4fi: Clip An ■ Hires clip an. Motifs - Holidays, music, medical, and misc. 
WB50: Animation - Seven of Lne best european style animations or "Demos", indud- 
ing - scientific 45t. subway (a U.S. entrant, also our favorite), sunrfde. thrstdemo, 
InighL waves, and woow. 

WB53: Graphics Raytraong programs generate absolutely stunning reaiislic look- 
ing panes, rockets buildings.,,, and suneal images C-'Lighl is The mOSI powerful 
EASV-TO-USE ot its kind we have seen to dale This n easily better, and more Vi 
teatured than r.imlaf commercal programs caslmg in tha hundreds Ol doftars. Also. 
sMovie - a (uO featurod video tern filer similar lo PioV'deo. Broadcast Titter Great 
video scrotling. wipes, special effects and more 

WB54: Printing - This disk contains several routines to help with me chore ol port- 
ing. Includes Galhic - Finally a Banner punier lor Ihe PDl PnntStudio -a well impie- 
menied all purpose pnnier-utiiiry wrth a very comfortable graphic interlace and many 
advanced leatures, Lila - with ease, print ASCII liles lo a PostScripl pnnter. and more. 



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New machines, new questions. This time, Tim focuses on 
important issues surrounding the A4000. 



A4000 Concerns 

Q. An A20U0, A3000, or A3000T with 
AmigaDOS 2.1, the Enhanced Chip Set 
(ECS), a 68040 accelerator, and a 24-bit 
graphics curd makes for a potent computer. 
Considering this, do the advantages of an 
A4000 realh merit the higher cost? 

A. Those of us who use A400()s on our 
desks everyday know the price is easily 
justified. The combination of Amiga- 
DOS 8.0 and (he Advanced Graphic 

Architecture (AGA) chips gives the 
Amiga a faster, more refined operating 
system. The 68040 performance, wide 
array of screen colors, and multitude of 
display options outshine 2.04 and ECS 
on all counts. 

While 24-bit graphics cards can 
complement the operating systems of 
earlier Amigas, the output from the 
AGA custom chips is an integral part of 
the A4000's OS. Furthermore, 24-bit 
cards usually require a second monitor. 
liven if you purchase an A2000 or 
A3000 at a garage sale, consider the 
additional investment necessary to 
realize A4000-like performance from 
one of them. Considering all you'd 
need to buy to approach the A4000*s 
advantages, the A4000 is a good buy. 

Q. How much of my older Amiga software 
and hardware u>i!l work with the A4000? 

A. Conservative estimate: over 95 per- 
cent of new AmigaDOS 2.0 software is 
compatible (at least to the point where 

it doesn't immediately crash). Lower 
that to 80 percent or less for pre- 1989 
games and applications. 

Workbench 3,0's ScreenMode Editor 
lets you select a low-resolution screen 
to match those required by older soft- 
ware. The freely-distributable program, 
Degrader version 1.10 (described in 
last issue's Help Key), like some elec- 
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vides various ways to achieve backward 
compatibility by letting you disable 
A4000 Cache, Burst, and East Memory 



By Tim Walsh 

options when working with older Ami- 
ga software. It lets you simply pick and 
choose from CPU options. 

Even without resorting to Degrader, 
however, most of your ECS/Amiga- 
DOS 2.0-compatiblc software will 
work line. Graphics supported by bod) 
ECS and the original Amiga chip set 
are displayed on the A4000, though 
some differences in appearance may 
occur due to display mode variations 
and your monitor. Also, new versions 
of programs such as Black Belt's 
Imagemaster and ASDG's Art Depart- 
ment Professional take advantage of 
AGA screen modes. Long-time devo- 
tees of tiiese programs will take no 
small delight in the manifold increase 
in productivity. Graphics cards are no 
longer required to display 256-COlor 
overscan, lii-res screens, such as BMP 
and GIF images. 

New A4000 owners shouldn't hesi- 
tate for a moment to copy files from 
Workbench 2.04 or higher over to 
AmigaDOS 3.0. With most of my long- 
time disk utilities and scripts in place, 
nary a single one failed to perform 
flawlessly under 3.0. .An exhaustive list 
of Alias commands in my Shell-Startup 
that minimize typing worked line, too. 
They're rarely used, though, since a re- 
vamped Tools Manager under 3.0 
makes the creation of Tools so effort- 
less that entering commands at the 
command line almost becomes a thing 
of the past. 

Most hardware that works with 
earlier Amigas is transportable to the 
A4000. All manner of video monitors 
are supported, including multiscan and 
VGA-type monitors, which plug into 
the A4000's standard video port with 
the use of a 15-pin to 23-pin adapter. 

In general, external floppy drives, 
internal and external modems, graph- 
ics boards, and anything else that plugs 
into the various ports and slots work 
nicely. Woefully missing, though, is the 
A3000"s useful SCSI port, which is not 
available as standard equipment on the 
IDE-equipped A4000. Five 72-pin 



SIMM sockets and four 100-pin hori- 
zontal expansion slots give A4000 users 
two easy methods of adding RAM. 
Most Amiga users like myself have 
never seen SIMMs (single in-line menti- 
on- modules) outside of a Mac. By 
force of habit, we remove even RAM 
expansion board from our old Amigas 
and stuff them into the A4000's 100- 
pin slots. It may be slow, and it ain't 
pretty, but it's RAM! 

Q. Is the A3000 obsolete? With Amiga 
3000s selling at bargain basement prices, 
should I buy one, or save for an A4 000? 

A. Words like obsolete don't spring to 
my mind in relation to the A3000. 
Sure, the A3000 is "outdated" by the 
A4000, but still it offers very respect- 
able performance. With ECS, a 68030, 
full 32-bit Zoito III architecture, and 
the 2.04 OS, it's not a machine that's 
easily outgrown. Pop in a 68040 accel- 
erator and it fairly flies. But, it does fall 
short in the graphics area compared to 
the A4000, and even the AI200. 

Around the AW offices, the A3000 is 
pretty standard fare; several are fitted 
with 24-bit graphics boards. With the 
installation of the 2. 1 OS, it moves a 
bit closer to the A4000. 'The kicker 
remains that until someone develops a 
way to get the custom AGA Alice and 
24-bit Lisa video chips to work in the 
A3000 series, installing Workbench 3.0 
on the A3000 is fruitless. 

Q. Will I ever be able to upgrade my older 
Amiga model to 3.0 and the AGA chip set? 

A. I've heard rumors of adapter boards 
in the works, but only that — rumors. 
You can rest assured, however, that the 
third-party Amiga mavens who did the 

impossible (Kickstart 2.04 and ECS in 
the A 1 000) need only time to meet the 
challenge. Until an adapter board is 
available for transplanting the AGA 
chips into the older machines, the only 
alternative to buying an A4000 is... 
buying an A1200. ■ 



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CompuServe 


1 laitex Resources 


Oxxi 


Soh-l.ugik Publishing 


POBox2Q2197 


5000 Arlington Center Blvd. 


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SoftWood 


2051S. DobsonRd., 17-196 


Compute Books 


69 Jabot insky St. 


Suite 31 7-A 


POBox 50 178 


Mesa. AZ 85202 


32 1 W. WendoverAve,, S. 200 


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HMAC 




Syndesis 


482 Hayes St 


Consultron 


PO Box 262 


Phoenix 


S'9353 Benson Rd. 


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11280 Parkview 


Saint-Bruno, Que., |3V 4P9 Canada 


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Brooklyn. Wl 53521 


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416/513-8207' 


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Marina Del Rev. C A 90291 


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310/822-9200 ' 


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Turbo Technologies 


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Digita International Ltd. 


Impressions Software 


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i70l Center Dr. W,S. 500 


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Scotland 


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Distributed try Electronic Arts 


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8499 Greenville Ave., 209B 


415/493-7234 




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1340 AlmadenExpwy,S. 110 




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ASDG 




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108723-9044 


925 Stewart St 


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1933 Davis St. 


Canada N7M2J6 




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4167479-1990 


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938 Quail St. 


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Marina Del Rev. CA 90291 


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Electronic Arts 


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617/731-3353 


Vortex 


612/882-8136 


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Better Concepts 


415/571-7171 


Konami 


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jihodkt. by MiCToP&Ce) 


22 N. Main St., Suite 393 


800/245-4525 


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Canada 1.4 B 1B9 


Y/C Plus Inc. 


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Europress Software 


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416/731-4175 


1 4 1 S. Kansas Ave. 


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Europa House, Adlington Park 






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Lascelles Productions 


Ron 1). Richardson 


913,235-3481 


Black Belt Systems 


Cheshire, England 


401 Lascelles St., Box 959 


I'O 52013 




398 Johnson ltd. 


0625-859333 


1 fastings, New Zealand 


Edmonton 'Frail RPO 


/.en Computer Services 


Glasgow, MT 59230 




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Calgary, All>erta 


2 Silver Bitch Grove 


406/367-5513 


Fred Fish Catalog Disk Update 




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Swimon, Manchester 


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1835 E. Belmont Drive 


Maxis Software 


Fax 403/277-1061 


M27 1 FS. England 




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Two Tlieatre Square, S. 230 




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Oiinda.CA 94503 


Right Answers t i roup. The 




1605 ChantUly Drive, Suite 200 


GameTek 


510/254-9700 


I'O Box 3699 


/uma Group 


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2999 NE 191 St. 




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(733 N- Black Canyon 1 Iwy. 


404/315-0212 


N. Miami Beach, FL 33180 


Micro-Pace Distributors 
Conunerdal Park W. Suite C 


213325-1311 


I'hocnix. AZ 85015 
602/246-4238 


Bruce Smith Books l-td. 


GEnie 


Champaign, 11.61821 


Saxon Industries 




Smug Oak Green Business 


401 North Washington 


217/356-1885 


1 4 Rockcress Gardens 


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Centre, Lve Lane 
Rricket Wood, Herts. 
England AL2 3UG 
44-923-894355 


Rockville, MD 20850 
800/638-9636 

Gold Disk 


Nalui al Graphics 
4603 Slate Court 
Rockl in, CA 95677 


Nepean. Ontario. 
Canada K2G SAB 
013/228-8013 


In our Feb. Overscan (p. 
12). we erroneously stated 
thai DRC Sequential 
Graphics' Digital Collage 
package is S587 lor a 12- 
moiith subscription: ITie 
correct price is S37. 




Centaur Development 
PO Box 4400 


51 55 Spectrum Way. Unit 5 
Mississauga, Out. 
Canada L4W5A I 


9167624-1 136 
NewTek 


Scala 

121 10 Sunset Hills Kd„ S. 10(1 
Reston, VA 22090 




Redondo Beach. CA 90278 


4 16/602-4000 


215 S.E. 8th St. 


703/709-8043 




310/542-2226 
Commodore Business Machines 


80Q/GOLD DSK 

Great Valley Products (GVP) 


Topeka, KS 66603 

913/354-1146 

800/843-8934 


ShercJTSystems 

15(l75.SWK(ill I'Ut.. Suite Ci 


We also reversed the last 
two numbers nl Silicon 
Prairies photic number. 


1200 Wilson Drive 


600 Clark Ave. 




Beaverton, OR 97006 


1 he correct number is 


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King of Prussia, PA 19406 


lOOlSnftwarc/Activalnd, 


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306/352-0358. 


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Support Our Troops 

The Army and Air Force Exchange 
Service (AAFES), a Dallas-based depart- 
ment store serving all Army and .-Sir 
Force bases worldwide, has dropped the 
Amiga line from its stores. As a result. 
California-based SoftKat has also decid- 
ed to drop Amiga software. Now. myself 
and the other millions of service people 
stationed overseas are effectively cut off 
from Amiga computers and software for 
our Four, or more, years of service. We 
don't want to buy through mail order 
and pav shipping costs! 1 have an A 1200 
and have stalled a user's group at my 
base for the many other Amiga users 
here. Amigas sell well at these stores, so 
what's the problem? Where's the sup- 
port for us loyal Amiga users stationed 
in overseas service? 

Luis Reich 
Al'O 

Firs/, thank \ou for being a loyal Amiga 
user. It is true that the availability of the 
Amiga in military exchanges decreased for a 
period a) I lime, not because oj sales, but 
because of a number of changes in the 
AAFES buying department and some issues 
that arose between Commodore and the 
AAFES due to those changes. I am happy, 
however, to say that we have resolved all of 
the issues and are moving fnward. 

The Amiga is currently being sold in the 
fifty largest exchanges worldwide. The models 
being sold are the A3000, A600 and A600- 
HI), and, as of February '93, the A 1 200. 

Thanks again fir your loyally, and 1 
assure you we are working with the AAFES 
to continue moving fnward. 

John V. Gray 

Military Saks Manager 

Commodore Business Machines 



Preemptive Strike 

Either John Donovan blew it or you 
misunderstood him when you reported 
in your February Overscan entry "Cy- 
bcrArts Reveals Amiga Is Positioned for 
Multimedia" that Donovan said the 
.Amiga uses cooperative multitasking. 



Since its inception, the Amiga's operat- 
ing system has featured preemptive multi- 
tasking, not cooperative multitasking as 
you printed, 

Daniel J. Barrett 
A mherst, Massach usetls 



We Want AGA Cards! 

Thank you. Commodore, for revital- 
izing the Amiga! You finally heard our 
pleas. AGA graphics should have ap- 



. . . in the past chips 

were replaceable. Now 

is the time for CBM 

to offer motherboard 

upgrades like Apple has 

for the Mac line. 



peared on the A3000. 1 bought an 
AS000 believing it was the "machine for 
the future," but now I've learned it was a 
stand-in before the next general ion 
arrived. Now even a lowly A1200 ex- 
ceeds the A3000 in graphics punch. 
Hey, how about a little damage control! 
Why doesn't CBM release an AGA 
version of the A3000 with a mother- 
board that will fit into previous ASOOOs? 
At least offer us a motherboard upgrade 
at a reasonable cost. Such a machine, or 
upgrade, would fit the lineup between 
the Al 200 and the A4000, and it would 
sure make a lot of present A3000 own- 
ers happy. Let's face it, the AGA chip 
set is the First real change since the 
Amiga's release; in the past chips were 
replaceable. Now is the time for CBM to 
olfer motherboard upgrades like Apple 



has for the Mac line. ASQOOs are too 
expensive to just sei aside for something 
new. Maybe an Amiga chip set on a 
replaceable card is the way to go. 

Alan M. Smith 
Nova Scotia. Canada 



BackUp to Back Off 

Thank you for featuring BackL'P V3.."> 
in your article comparing Amiga hard- 
drive back-up programs {"The Great 
Amiga Back(up) Off," Feb. '93. p. 49). I 
would like, however, to point out an 
error in the comparison chart on pages 
52 and 53, In Table 5: Other Features, 
you incorrectly listed BackUP V3.5 as 
not being graphics-based, which it is. 

Felix R.Jeslte 
Chicago, Illinois 

Unfortunately, the entry "Graphic-based" 
in Table 5 was misleading. We intended both 
the "Graphic-based" and "Srript-based" 
entries at that point to be subheadings under 
"Backup scheduling" to indicate whether 
backup scheduling was graphic- or script- 
based. Because we didn't indent the subhead- 
ings, it urns confusing, and we apologize. We 
tool: for granted that the programs mentioned 
all had graphics-based interfaces. — Eds. 



Demystifying cIBase 

Tim Walsh's Help Key answer to Len 
Carter's question on using dBase Files 
will) the Amiga (Feb. '93, p. 1 10) seems 
to me to be overly complicated, and 
definitely not For the faim-of-beart. 

A much easier and more functional 
method is to use dBMan V from Versa- 
Soft This product has full read/write 
compatibility with dBase II, dBase III. 
and dBase III+ data files, and is also 
almost entirely compatible with the 
dBase command language (through 
dllase III + ). So noi only can Mr. Carter 
work on his database and index files at 
home, but also on his PRG Files. 

James Ctoss 
Long Beach. California ■ 



112 April 1993 



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